8 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: June 9 to 11

Bring on the weekend…

The weekend’s almost here, and if you’re looking for things to do in Riyadh, we’ve got you covered. There is a new trend to try – horseback yoga (yes, it’s a thing), art and dance classes to sign up for, and a dining spot where you can enjoy jazz night. They’re all worth planning the weekend around.

Check out these eight wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday June 9

1. Explore the art of knots


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Macrame is a great craft to learn if you want to get creative but don’t have a lot of space or time to work. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of macrame art and how to construct a beautiful and simple decorative tapestry from start to finish. Your instructor will cover all the different styles, materials, textures, and types of ropes. And, of course, there will be lots to learn about the world of macrame knots.

Macrame Art Workshop, June 9, 6pm to 9pm, INTO, 4395 Prince Muhammad Ibn Saad Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, 7080, Riyadh 13516. Fee: SAR540. Only for ladies above 16 years old. Register here. Tel: 053 206 0303. @into_ksa

2. Have a jazzy night out at Bal’Harm


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Head over to Italian restaurant Bal’Harm every Thursday evening, where their jazz nights bring you a stunning start to the weekend. Tuck into some delicious homemade pasta, and wash it down with mocktails and sublime live jazz tunes.

Bal’Harm Jazz Night, every Thurs 9pm to midnight, King Mohammed V Street, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12223, Sat to Wed 1pm to 1am, Thurs & Fri 1pm to 2am. @balharm.sa

Friday June 10

3. Get your tickets to Jurassic World Dominion

Experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time. “Jurassic World Dominion” is set four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, with dinosaurs living – and hunting – alongside humans all around the world. Leaning into nostalgia, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) team up with Dr. Ellie Sattler (Oscar-winner Laura Dern), Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) as the fragile balance between humans and dinosaurs comes into question.

Book your tickets here.

4. Combine yoga with horseback riding for a true Zen experience

horseback yoga

Move over, yoga mats. Let’s practise on horseback instead. This new trend of horseback yoga takes vinyasa with animals to a whole other level. Offered at AlAreen Equestrian Club by yoga and pilates instructor Ghalia Khaldi, this yoga and horsemanship experience is about cultivating an intimate connection with a four-legged friend, nature, and yourself. And, unlike other methods of yoga with animals, horseback yoga actually involves balancing poses on a horse’s back – a pretty impressive feat considering how hard it can be simply getting into the saddle.

Yoga & Horseback Riding, June 10, 5pm to 8pm, AlAreen Equestrian Club, Al Janadriyah Rd, Riyadh 13635. Price: SAR420 per person. Book your spot here. @al_areen_equestrian_club

5. Get your rock star on


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Proud Angeles, a Saudi lifestyle brand – in collaboration with a boutique Saudi eyewear brand URBE Optics – is launching the coolest of cool-guy sunglasses for their summer collection: the Rockstar Shades. From a rapper-style swag to when you’re feeling kind of Elvis Presley, Hawaii-era, the new range will see you reach number one in the style stakes. So, come and join them at the Rockstar Shades Release Party at AlMashtal Creative Space, and treat your senses to the sounds curated by local DJs Laizeh, DaddyBisht, Middlemist and Agha B2B Jeme. Food and beverages will also be available.

Rockstar Shades Release Party, June 10, 6pm to midnight, AlMashtal Creative Space, Diplomatic Quarter, P St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12523. The ticket price starts from SAR200. Book your tickets here. @almashtal.space

Saturday June 11

6. Get revved up at an indoor go-kart track

Buckle up for a white-knuckled race to the finish line against your family and friends. Doos Karting boasts electric karts and a 350-metre state-of-the-art indoor racetrack with multi-level spiral ramps. Enjoy a meal trackside when you need to take a break from the excitement. It serves delicious choices of snacks and drinks that’ll refuel you and the family for the next adventure. Only children aged eight years and above are allowed.

Doos Karting, 8521 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13513, daily 4pm to midnight. Prices start from SAR129. Tel: 9200 08311. @dooskarting

7. Take part in an immersive and relaxing yoga experience

Four Seasons GWD

In support of Global Wellness Day (GWD), Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh has partnered with ORIGIN, Saudi Arabia’s first athleisure brand, to provide guests with two dedicated Hatha yoga sessions for males and females at The Spa. The classes will be held by the Hotel’s GWD Ambassador and professional Saudi trainer Rawaa Qanaq, a certified Yoga & Pilates teacher. Guests will begin their experience with simple stretches to deepen breathing and ease the nervous system and conclude with Shavasana, a yoga pose for deep relaxation. Following this, guests will then head to The Grill to tuck into a delicious healthy buffet, comprising salmon bites, salads, crudités, fruits, smoothies, and fresh juices, prepared by Executive Chef Stefano Andreoli and his talented culinary team. Places are limited, and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, June 11, 4pm to 5.30pm (female yoga session) & 5.30pm to 6pm (male yoga session). Tel: 011 211 5730. @fsriyadh

8. Sign up for an Afro dance class

If you want to get fit with a more fun approach to fitness, learn the Afro dance, an energetic, African style of dance with a fusion of American street dance. The class will be fun and lively and will respond to the positive vibes of Afrobeat music. In this session, you’ll learn the basic steps, and you’ll also be inspired by the different dance styles and music from across Africa.

Afro Dance, every Sat 8pm, K-House Dance Studio, NuYu Fitness Centre Ishbilia. Tel: 050 301 6197. @khousestudio

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