7 cool things to do in Riyadh this week: July 17 to 20

What’s on this week…

Discover some of the best things to do in Riyadh over the next few days. There’s a new art exhibition and restaurant with live entertainment that you can check out and even a summer camp to keep the little ones occupied.

Here are seven cool things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday July 17

1. Transform those tresses


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For ladies who want a complete colour change or a quick trim, the hair experts at Al Manahil Salon will have you feeling pleased with the outcome. Plus, you can get complimentary trim every Sunday with any hair service.

Al Manahil Centre, Diplomatic Square, Ibn Zahr Street, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12512, Sat to Thurs 10am to 9pm & Fri 2pm to 9pm. @al_manahilsalon

2. Enjoy the immersive displays at Jax Arts Festival

Appreciate interactive art from artworks inspired by local culture and Saudi history and a video art display with sound and visual effects to a journey through the Kingdom’s various regions and the Italian Renaissance. The festival consists of six exhibitions centred on the five senses: touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight. There is also a collaboration of local and international restaurants and musical performances.

Jax Arts Festival, Diriyah Biennale Foundation, until July 23, 5pm to midnight. Free entry. Book your tickets here. @mocsaudi

Monday July 18

3. Keep your kids active at a boxing camp

Do you have a little boxer in the fam? Then, sign up for the junior boxing summer camp at SPNBX Fitness Studio. Kids will get a great workout while learning boxing fundamentals, plus self-discipline and mental focus in this fun and engaging hour-long class.

Junior Boxing Summer Camp, SPNBX Fitness Studio, Turki AlAwwal Road, Al Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh 12362. SAR1889 per child, for ages ten to 13. Boys’ camp on Mon & Wed 2pm to 3pm; Girls’ camp on Sun & Tues 1pm to 2pm. Tel: 050 484 4491. @spnbx_ksa

Tuesday July 19

4. Hit up the lunch buffet at Fairmont’s The 365

Can’t decide if you want pasta, sushi or Mexican food? The 365 at Fairmont Riyadh Hotel serves an array of international and local favourites. We’re talking about unlimited servings of seafood, meat skewers, burritos and biryani. Dessert lovers, you’re all covered too. Enjoy sweets like honey cake, berry panna cotta and tarts. Really, resistance is futile.

The 365, Fairmont Riyadh, Business Gate Qurtubah Area, Riyadh 11552. Lunch 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Tel: 011 826 2626. @fairmontriyadh

5. Learn the art of salsa

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Fun and energetic, salsa classes are fantastic for improving fitness, growing your confidence and, of course, improving your skills on the dance floor. For enthusiastic beginners, Salsa Riyadh Dance offers a one-day boot camp class on July 22 for anyone keen on giving salsa dancing a go for the first time. You will be led through the basic steps and foot patterns of salsa, basic turns, and change of positions, individually and in couples.

Salsa Riyadh Dance, Al Nada District. Sign up here. For ages 20 to 38. @salsa_dance_riyadh

Wednesday July 20

6. Get crafty with pottery


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Gather your friends to try your hands at the potter’s wheel in a relaxed and fun environment. Keramos Studio specialises in the making and selling of clay arts and crafts and items that reflect Islamic art and Saudi folklore heritage. The studio also offers one-day and five-day workshops for men, women and children. The classes will leave you with a good mix of pottery techniques to make your own cup, bowl or vase.

Keramos Studio, Uthman Ibn Affan Rd, An Narjis, Riyadh 11564, Wed to Sat 2pm to 11pm. Tel: 055 433 9469. @keramosksa

7. Enjoy dinner and a show


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Shadow Lounge on Takhassousi does a great job of combining simplicity and elegance to create an atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. You’ll enjoy their live shows by a team of global talent, including dancers, singers and saxophonists. Dinner tables are positioned for the best possible view, where a menu ranging from burgers and pasta to steaks and risotto will accompany the entertainment.

Shadow Lounge, Al Takhassousi, Al Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh 12362, Sat to Wed 4.30pm to 1.30am, Thurs & Fri 5.30pm to 2.30am. Live shows start at 9pm from Mon to Sat. Reservations can be made via The Chefz app. @shadowlounge.riyadh

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