However, things to do and visit surely don’t miss:
Al Bathaa, the heart of the city and also the oldest part, is where most of the tourists needs are fulfilled: it is home to facilities like bus stand, shopping area, post office, and banks.
The National Museum displays the history of civilization in the Arabian peninsula.
Other interesting museums are the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, the Folklore ... More Museum and the King Faisal Museum in the King Faisal Foundation.
The Masmak Fortress, built around 1865, has been renovated and made attractive to the tourists coming in. The traditional Diwan (sitting room of the king) is a major attraction.
The diplomatic quarter, with modern buildings, built in the old Arabic style, is also worth a visit.
Midan Aladl, Justice Square, is a beautiful square between the Big Mosque and Qasr almasmak.
King Saudi University in Riyadh, one of the biggest libraries in Saudi Arabia, is a seven floor building of the size of a big mall, each floor specialize in one general topic with arabic books on your right side and other languages on the left side.
Other attractions include: Dira Square, Murabba Palace, Janadriyah Festival and the exiting Camel Races.
To get a feel for the landscape surrounding the capital, make an excursion to the "camel trails" along the escarpment southeast of town. They offer some beautiful and unforgettable views of the desert!
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 ... More 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.
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