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Riyadh Travel Guide  

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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.

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Reviews Riyadh

Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : Riyadh does not have monuments and other attractions like some other capital cities of Middle East because of its relatively new origin. However, things to do and visit surely don’t miss: Al Bathaa, the heart of the city and... more 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 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!
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : I've loved my trip to Riyadh, it is a very religious place there are tons of stuff to do from the amazing hotels and the tourist attraction to the fancy reasturants and malls everything is very reasonable prices it is... more a not so exotic land but it is one of a kind to me and even thought there is exteremly hot weather there are amazing people and stuff to learn about. Take it from me, i live in Riyadh !
Not to be missed go to burg al mamlaka , visit 4 season hotle , camp in the desert (only in the cold non rainy wheather)
Mostafa Mohamed
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : 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.... more The main advantage is the reasonable prices for everything. The main disadvantage is the lack of entertainment specially for young kids.
Not to be missed Malls , Wadi Al-Laban , Batha
umm musaa
Level 9     1 Trophy   
Overall rating 9
Overall Guide : 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... more find a taxi driver who seems to know his stuff, them get his number so you can contact him again.
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Couple, Friends, Solo, Family
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : 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... more purchases. All in all. I want to stay here for a long time. in shaa ALLAH.
Not to be missed Malls , swimming , hiking
Mirza A Baig
Level 14     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Couple, Family
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : 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... more example for others for good deeds, just follow Mohammed sallah alai O sallam and Quran that's it....................
Not to be missed Kingdom Tower , wadi Hanifa , Cable suspension Bridge
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : 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... more a new, clean and a good size home.
Muhammad Khalid Sharif
Overall rating 8
Overall Guide : 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... more Also. That is the great benefit for me to live in Riyadh.
Captain Jack
Overall rating 0
Overall Guide : 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... more worst skylines in the world, a can opener and a ball. WOW
Level 9     1 Trophy   
Overall rating 0
Overall Guide : 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... more its new york times 100 the worse place in the world to live DO NOT COME!!!
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