What travelers say about Riyadh
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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