8 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this week: May 15 to 18

What’s on this week…

Discover some of the best things to do in Riyadh over the next few days. Whether you’re after the best cafes and restaurants, art exhibitions, or ways to kickstart your week, we’ve got you covered.

Here are eight wonderful things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday May 15

1. Embrace nature with Sacoor Brothers’ new collection

Sacoor Brothers

From formal styles for men and women to relaxed, casual styles, the outfits at Sacoor Brothers are tailored for an endless summer. The women’s line boasts oversized flowing and delicate dresses, denim made from recycled fabrics, knotted blouses to formal shirts and slim-fit suit sets and blazers. With subtle feminine details, we love that the colour palette has a natural yet rustic appeal. As for the menswear line, it combines functionality with classic European flair in an earthy base tone finished with bright prints and vibrant accents. From classic-cut suits to jeans, textured polos, jackets, trousers, printed shirts, knitwear and relaxed shorts with contrasting colour accents, the collection emphasises on a style that can easily transition you from office to evening.

Sacoor Brothers, Various locations, including Nakheel Mall, Panorama Mall and Hayat Mall in Riyadh. @sacoorbrothers

Monday May 16

2. Visit the Saudi Food Expo

Saudi Food Expo

Join leading food and beverage manufacturers at the Saudi Food Expo. The four-day event will feature a host of activities and shows, including workshops and culinary art shows organised by The World Association of Chefs Societies.

Saudi Food Expo, Riyadh Front Expo, May 16-19, 4pm to 11pm.

3. Get that luxurious golden glow

Ladies, get ready to soak up the sun and life all around. Durrat Al Riyadh Resort & Spa is offering its outdoor pool every Monday and Wednesday to all you ladies who would like to work on your tan. Usually open to only males and children, we highly recommend that you take advantage of its outdoor pool during those days as it’s perfect for lounging in or simply spending a lazy afternoon with a book or drink in hand as you relish the tranquil surroundings of the resort.

Ladies’ Only Tanning, SAR200 per person, Every Mon & Wed, Durrat Al Riyadh Resort & Spa, King Fahd Road, Exit 6, Durrat, Riyadh. Tel: 011 411 8800. @durrat_alriyadh_resort

4. Take part in a weaving masterclass

Amina Agueznay

Led by artist Amina Agueznay, the “Weaving Vernacular Visions” masterclass takes participants on a journey through the visual culture and the tactile significance of the woven thread. This workshop in weaving with wool puts participants and the artist together to share stories, cultural traditions, and the tactile process of creating a textile work. The product of this workshop will be a multi-technique textile work handcrafted by all participants, which will be displayed in the Masaha space for the duration of The Art Library exhibition.

“Weaving Vernacular Visions” Masterclass, May 16, 5pm to 10pm, Prince Faisal bin Fahd Fine Arts Hall, An Namudhajiyah, Riyadh 12731. Masterclass registration is done in person at the Hall, 30 minutes before the masterclass starts. @miskartinst

Tuesday May 17

5. Book in a power lunch at Il Baretto

Il Baretto business lunch

Celebrated London-born restaurant Il Baretto introduces an authentic Italian business lunch dining experience. With a central location, it is the perfect spot for doing a bit of business over lunch. The business lunch offers a fabulous value for money at SAR150 for two courses, and guests can choose from a comprehensive range of starters, pasta, risottos and mains.

Il Baretto, King Abdullah Financial District, Al Malqa, Riyadh 13521. Il Baretto’s Business Lunch, SAR150 per person for two courses without drinks, Sun to Thurs 12.30pm to 4pm. @ilbarettosa

6. Enjoy a simple day of indulgence at Aroma Beauty

This subterranean sanctuary offers facial and body treatments alongside a relaxation space worthy of wiling away the hours. For something a little more soothing, indulge in its summer offer, which includes a deep cleansing facial, a pomegranate face mask, plus a 45-minute relaxing massage for just SAR200.

Aroma Beauty Spa, Abi Bakr Al Siddiq Branch Road, Al Mursilat, Riyadh 12462, Sat to Thurs 1pm to 9pm. WhatsApp: 055 139 3837. @aromabeauty_ksa

Wednesday May 18

7. Immerse yourself in an art exhibition

Featuring works by Saudi and international artists, “Re-appearing Imaginaries” is not simply a reimagining of the past, but a caution to hold on to what is precious and at risk of being forgotten. The artists challenge our understanding of home, emphasising the risk of losing valuable information nature has been providing us for free for millennia as we realise that we are nearing finite expiry date. The exhibition raises questions about what it means to slow down, create awareness, and – where needed – call out to preserve and safeguard various traditions and practices.

“Re-Appearing Imaginaries” Exhibition, until Aug 15, 4pm to 10pm, Prince Faisal bin Fahd Fine Arts Hall, An Namudhajiyah, Riyadh 12731. @miskartinst

8. Have a taste of Latin America at MNKY HSE


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Bringing the vibrance of Latin America to the streets of Riyadh comes MNKY HSE (pronounced Monkey House). Their menu fuses Latin American flavours with Asian accents. Meandering between romantic dinners and colourful mocktails, MNKY HSE caters for all meal angles and provides a punchy DJ as a soundtrack to your munch.

MNKY HSE, 6927 Prince Turki Ibn Abdulaziz Al Awwal Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13512, Sun to Wed 6.30pm to 1am, Thurs to Sat 6.30pm to 2am. Tel: 800 440 0041. @mnkyhseksa

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