Riyadh, is the capital of Saudi Arabia and lies on the great limestone plateau
of Nejd in the centre of the Arabian Peninsula, some 2500 feet above sea level.
The name Riyadh comes from the Arabic word "rawdah" meaning "a
place of gardens and trees".
Riyadh has been a midpoint of attention for centuries since the pre-Islamic
times when the settlement at the site was called Hajar.
During the 18th century, Riyadh was part of the First Saudi State, with the
capital at Diriyah. But in 1818 Diriyah was destroyed by the Turks and the capital
moved to Riyadh. After the Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud gained control
of Riyadh in 1902, it was from this base that he gradually established control
over a vast area from the Arabian Gulf to the Red Sea.
In 1932 the city became the capital the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Today, Riyadh, thanks to the oil boom money too, is a bustling metropolis and
the seat of government!
Educational, financial, agricultural, cultural, technical, commercial and social
organizations are there, too.
But, beside the modern buildings, the private houses are typical Saudi Arabian
architecture with high walls and little lawn space. The oldest part of the city
is called Al-Bathaa.
The Riyadh airport, King Khalid International Airport-KKIA, is one of the largest
international airports in the world.
Unforgettable place to stay for peace. A great experience encounter, a good community, nice people from different country origin. Good rules/policy. Good climate. Nice surroundings. Helpful environment. relaxing place. Affordable market place. no tax on healthy food and non food purchases. All in all. I want to stay here for a long time. in shaa ALLAH.
Riyadh is a very big city, need huge development like since past months, and I like the rules and regulations, It should be Implemented for all reigion people including for local people and we r muslims we must be the example for others for good deeds, just follow Mohammed sallah alai O sallam and Quran that's it....................
It is a good place to live and work in. Not very useful for young kids. Living n compounds makes it better. In general it is the best place to live in the Gulf if you want to make money. The main advantage is the reasonable prices for everything. The main disadvantage is the lack of entertainment specially for young kids.
Taxis can add up quickly, but consolidating trips can help with the costs. I also advise to shop in the local shops and stay away from the malls to get better pricing for day to day items. Also, if you find a taxi driver who seems to know his stuff, them get his number so you can contact him again.
this place is the worst place i have ever seen pure nasty people every where throwing out their trash on the streets no manners what so ever drivers have no clue how to drive every one is rude and cold its new york times 100 the worse place in the world to live DO NOT COME!!!
There are many citys of Mexico, long cosiderered the arm pit of the globe that are cleaner than Riyadh. Saudi drivers are the worst drivers I have ever exprerienced. And as much money KSA has, Riyadh has one of the worst skylines in the world, a can opener and a ball. WOW
Riyadh weather is very bad, and mostly in summer there is shortage of water supply. Driving is very bad here in this city. Lack of proper transportation is some areas. This city is also expensive if you are looking for a new, clean and a good size home.
Muhammad Khalid Sharif
I am first time in Out of my country. And it has been a very nice experience in Riyadh. I really feel myself safe and happy here. I also performed Umrah and in the future i want to perform Hajj Also. That is the great benefit for me to live in Riyadh.
Traffic rules not good, Safety and security not available for public, street vendors without any restriction, dirty places in Batha... I am coming from Dubai and seen the capital of the country seems unfair...