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6 superb things to do in Riyadh this weekend: September 9 to 11

The weekend’s almost here…

If you’re looking for things to do, we’ve rounded up our top picks to make the most of your weekend in the capital city.

Thursday September 9

Get your art and heritage fix


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Hilos (Threads) is a new exhibition at Ahlam Studio Gallery featuring traditional textiles from Mexico and Saudi Arabia. The collaboration is in celebration of Mexico (September 16) and Saudi Arabia (September 23) National Day to bring the two rich cultures together. Expect visually striking pieces that will have you wonder about the creative power behind a usually looked-over fabric like threads.

Ahlam Studio Gallery, 1st floor, Office No. 6, Anas Ibn Malik Rd, An Narjis, Riyadh 13324, Sept 9-16, 5pm to 10pm. Tel: 055 914 4488. @ahlam_studio_gallery

Head to Roka for an unforgettable dining affair


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Wondering what one of the buzziest openings in Riyadh is all about? Here’s everything you need to know before you make that reservation for the award-winning Japanese restaurant, Roka. Veer for the dining counter and watch as the chefs prepare dishes like paper-thin yellowtail sashimi with truffle yuzu dressing; the oh-so-delicious black cod miso; and plenty of skewers; sushi and crispy tempura. Oh, and if you haven’t heard, Roka will be opening for lunch starting next Sunday, September 12. Look out for our review soon.

Roka Riyadh, 5140 Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Rd, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12243, Sun to Wed 12.30pm to 4pm & 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Thurs 12.30pm to 4pm & 6.30pm to midnight, Fri 12.30pm to midnight & Sat 12.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: 9200 12327. @rokariyadhofficial

Friday September 10

Come and meet some cute, adoptable cats


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Feline lovers, meet your new best friend at this cat adoption event. Take the first step to providing a loving home to a cat in need. All cat adoptions include neuter surgery and vaccination for a fee of SAR500 (cash only). Do bring your iqama and a carrier box.

Adoption Day, 67|22 Coworking Space, King Abdul Aziz Rd, Al Muruj, Riyadh 12282, Fri Sept 10 & Sat Sept 11, 4pm to 8pm. @openpaws

Take your yoga practice to the next level


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Yoga on the mountain and under the stars? Yes, please. Sign up for the Star Yoga Event at Dirab, enjoy the wonder of the night sky and practice mindfulness. All levels of yoga experience are welcome. So, come with your tribe to clear your mind, relax your body and recharge. This event will be led by instructor Nerveen and hosted by Salt Gym. Transportation will also be provided from Salt Gym, located at 3347 Al Qatinah Street, An Nada, Riyadh 13317.

Star Yoga Event, Dirab, 7pm to 11pm. SAR345 per person (ladies only) and registration is required. Tel: 053 552 2331. @saltgymksa

Saturday September 11

Get lost in Deerah Souq


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Also known as Al Zel Souq, the Deerah Souq is located in the old part of the city near the Al Masmak Fort. Think bustling narrow streets and colourful displays of products ranging from carpets, gold, silver, souvenirs, traditional clothes and props, antiques, and even furniture. Here’s a tip: Hop from shop to shop and don’t forget to bargain.

Deerah Souq, Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim Street, Ad Dirah, Riyadh 12634, daily 8am to 10pm.

Indulge in an afternoon tea with a view


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Take afternoon tea to a whole new height at The Globe at Al Faisaliah Tower. Enjoy the classic Riyadh views while tucking into finger sandwiches, traditional scones, and a variety of desserts like cheesecake, chocolate fondue and more.

The Globe, Al Faisaliah Tower, King Fahd Branch Rd. Afternoon tea is only available every Fri & Sat from 3pm to 6pm. SAR195 for adults and SAR100 for children aged 4 to 12 years. Tel: 011 273 2222. @theglobeksa

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