Riyadh General Information
The massive capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is where brilliant modernity and modest tradition meet and somehow, co-exist. Riyadh is a city where the Mutawwa'in patrol the streets and usher people to prayer as luxury sedans speed by and monitor public behaviour in malls where the dishdasha and abaya-clad shop at Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Oscar de la Renta. No other city on the planet so brazenly unites such apparent ideological poles. Ultimately, this is Riyadh’s singular pull.
As the capital and trophy city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is the political, commercial and cultural heart of the Kingdom. In yet another paradox, the metropolis of 7 million people is systematically chaotic and indeed, graciously hospitable to non-Muslims (who need a sponsor to visit) who display deference. Visible contrasts lurk on the skyline as well. The spectacular US$ 1 billion 99-floor Burj Al-Mamlaka, or Kingdom Centre, soars over both desert and Riyadh’s old star landmark, the clay and mud-brick Masmak Fortress.
- Masmak Fortress
- National Museum of Saudi Arabia
- King Abdul Historical Centre
- Al Faisaliyah Centre
- Kingdom Centre/Burj Al-Mamlaka
- Riyadh Zoo
- Old Dir’aiyah
- Janadriyah Festival
- Saudi Premier League Football
- Desert Tours
- The Globe
- Il Terrazzo
Riyadh is devoid of nightlife in the traditional sense of the word. Saudi Arabia observes Sharia (Islamic law), which forbids the consumption of alcohol and public social interaction between single members of the opposite sex. As a result, after sunset prayers, your best bet for a night of innocent fun is to dine out at a restaurant and relax at a coffeeshop.
The arid, desert climate of Saudi Arabia can stifle unwary visitors with oppressive heat. Peak temperatures in Riyadh average well over 42°C between June and August and a summer daytime high of 50°C is not unheard of. As such, the best time to visit for most is the mild to warm winter season from December to March.
- Winter (December to February) 9-23°C
- Spring (March to April) 15-33°C
- Summer (May to September) 26-44°C
- Fall (October to November) 15-35°C
33 hotels in Riyadh, SA
Featuring luxurious spaces and state-of-the-art meeting facilities in a downtown location, TOP Riyadh Palace Hotel makes an ideal base for corporate and leisure travellers in Riyadh. Holidaymakers... More
Offering modern and tastefully furnished spaces positioned in the outskirts of Riyadh, Golden Tulip Qasr Al Nasiriah Riyadh makes for an ideal base for leisure and business travellers in the Saudi... More
a 3 star downtown property with luxurious rooms, restaurant and coffee, fitness centre, swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam and massage room, barber shop, housekeeping and laundry, security More
Tulip Inn Al-Reef is a business hotel conveniently located in the heart of the Riyadh city which is surrounded by ministries, government offices, banks, universities, architectural sites &... More
Business and leisure travellers visiting the vibrant city of Riyadh can stay in the elegant Holiday Inn Riyadh Al Qasr, which stands amid world class business and shopping attractions. Shopaholics... More
Welcome the latest and newest Holiday Inn to open the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , purpose built to be an icon to this Global, well known and well loved brand, Holiday Inn Riyadh Meydan will present a... More
Featuring modern and stylish accommodations set in the heart of Riyadh, Four Points By Sheraton Riyadh Khaldia makes for an ideal base for corporate and recreational travellers in the Saudi Arabia... More
Luxurious Four Seasons comfort and intuitive services within the distinctive profile of the prestigious Kingdom Centre. Close to the key sites for business, as well as arts, culture and shopping –... More
Business and leisure travellers visiting Riyadh can stay at Holiday Inn Olaya Riyadh where they are welcomed with professional service, top-notch facilities and an elegant home away from home. In a... More