TAKING OFF TO RIYADH

TAKING OFF TO RIYADH

In Riyadh, the old and new co-exist harmoniously. The capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1932, the city has evolved into one of the most architecturally interesting places in the region, with striking buildings of all shapes and sizes dominating the skyline.

From swanky malls to traditional souks, Riyadh caters to all tastes.

For the shopaholic, there are many international brands and plush boutiques on Sal Wazir Street and the Olaya district. And if you fancy something more traditional, head for the outskirts of Riyadh, where you’ll find traditional souks and one of the largest camel markets in the Middle East.

EXCURSIONS

Dir’aiyah: 18 miles north of Riyadh lies the dried-mud remnants of Dir’aiyah, the first capital of the Al- Saud clan, Saudi Arabia’s ruling family. From its origins in 1446, it reached its heights of glory by the end of the 18th century, but was devastated in 1818 by the Ottoman Turks. Today, the picturesque ruins –including palaces, mosques and the city wall – are testimony to its rich past.RIYAHD- Dir’aiyah-worldtraveland

Prince Abdullah Mosque: The Prince Abdullah Mosque in Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, located 180 meters above sea level, is the highest in the world. Featuring a stunning dome, it covers an area of 500 square meters.

RIYAHD- mosque-worldtraveland

Al-Musmak Fortress: Al-Musmak, located in the oldest portion of the city was captured in 1902 by Abdul Aziz Al-Saud from the Al-Rashid clan, a step that eventually lead to the unification of the regions and clans that now make up the kingdom. Don’t forget to explore the Masmak Citadel, which resembles a gigantic children’s sand castle.

RIYAHD-Al-Musmak Fortress

A PLACE FOR EVERYONE

Like everything else in Riyadh, your accommodation options are very diverse, and range from 5-star hotels to budget hotels – all available at reasonable rates.

GETTING AROUND

Taxis are very convenient way of getting across the city, with reasonable rates as well. Most cabbies speak English, so communicating is never a hindrance. Since the roads in and around Riyadh are quite good, a rental car is also a great way to explore the city on your own.

RIYADH FACTS

Official Currency:   Saudi Riyal

Languages:               Arabic (official), English

Time Zone:              GMT/UTC +3 hours

Electricity:              110V / 220V 60Hz

ISD Code:                +966

Website:                   www.sauditourism.com.sa

Best Time to Visit: November – February

Visa Information:  www.sauditourism.com.sa

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Posted on May 8, 2013, in Explore Destinations, General Reading. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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