Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh is the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which contains a lot of excellent tourist attractions, and attested by the atmosphere of the city and its places and tourist attractions and landmarks, and tourists from everywhere in the world to spend their wonderful holiday, in this article we will provide information about the city of Riyadh Saudi Arabia.

Old City of Riyadh

The history of Riyadh dates back several centuries, and the city was founded in the Yamama area on the ruins of the ancient city of Hager.

Which for a long time served as a center for commercial caravans that traversed various parts of the Arabian Peninsula.

The city is surrounded by many valleys and its development has been enhanced by the presence of many wells, palm groves and green areas.

In the mid-17th century, Riyadh was described as a small fortified village belonging to a series of settlements along the Wadi Hanifa.

It is a low valley located at the western edge of the city and has played an important role in site formation and initial planning of the settlement.

Where the water and fertile land in the valley was invested in the cultivation of dates and other crops.

In 1824, Riyadh was chosen as the capital of the Said dynasty, and remained the center of rule for this dynasty until 1881.

That’s when Rashid Fayel’s family extended their influence over the central Najd region.

In 1902 Ibn Said regained control of his family and used the city as a center for the conquest of Arabia.

When unified Saudi Arabia was proclaimed in 1932, Riyadh was designated as the capital

Riyadh currently

Riyadh hosts several ministries and provides many public services, making the public sector the most influential city.

The government employs more than a third of the city’s workforce and is the source of nearly half of Riyadh’s total goods and services.

Saudis account for more than nine-tenths of all civil servants, a stark contrast to some other employment sectors, dominated by foreign workers.

In the private sector, more than a fifth of the workforce is employed in services, about a quarter of them are in construction, more than a fifth in trade, and about a tenth in industry.

Climate in Riyadh

Riyadh’s climate is very hot in summer, with temperatures averaging 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).

The weather is usually cold in winter, with temperatures dropping up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

Although the difference is significant between daytime and night temperatures due to the distance from the main waterbodies, despite the scarcity of precipitation.

However, the climate remains humid and low throughout the year, especially during the summer, and usually rains significantly between November and May.

Riyadh attractions

Masmak Fortress

Surrounded by sand, this Fortress was built around 1865 and is like a scene out of the movies: a big fortress representing an empire. It was the site of a daring 1902 raid by Ibn Saud.


National Museum

This state-of-the-art museum is one of the finest in the Middle East. Encased within modernist architecture, its two floors contain eight well-designed and informative galleries covering Arabian prehistory, and the history of the area.


Sky Bridge

Not for whom sufferers of vertigo, here high-speed lifts fly you at 180km/h to the 99th-floor Sky Bridge, inside the Kingdom Centre. The views from the highest place in Riyadh are truly breathtaking.…


Riyadh Zoo

Accessible only for children and those accompanying them, this is the largest zoo in Saudi Arabia and began life in 1957 as a small-scale menagerie housing animals gifted to the Al Saud family.NOTABLE


Globe Experience

The Globe Experience is a spectacular viewing platform inside an enormous glass ball that’s 24m in diameter, made of 655 glass panels and suspended just below the top of Al Faisaliah Tower.


Antiquities Museum

This museum is home to objects found during the Faw and Rabdha excavations (sites in the south and north of Saudi Arabia) by King Saud University in the 1970s.


Riyadh Public Transit Visitor Centre

Riyadh is rapidly constructing an entire public transportation system, and this structure allows transport geeks a look into the future. Guided tours, offered in Arabic and English.


Wadi Namar

After visiting the umpteenth mall and restaurant, head a little further out towards Wadi Namar for a pleasant change. The 2km-long dam is surrounded by green spaces, walkways, rocky hills and an artificial waterfall.


Kingdom Centre

Riyadh’s landmark tower, rising 302m high, is a stunning piece of modern architecture – it’s particularly conspicuous at night, when the upper sweep is lit with constantly changing coloured lights.


Addiriyah Park

Addiriyah Park is a favourite oasis in Riyadh, and its verdant terraced seating areas offer stunning views of Al Turaif, a historic district of Al Diraiyah, a Unesco World Heritage Site.


Al Thumairi Gate

Sitting at the mouth of what was once Riyadh’s western fringe in the neighbourhood of Ad Dirah, this reconstructed old city gate, made of mud and wood, has a small tower beside it.


Souq Al Jamal

One of the largest in the Arabian Peninsula, Riyadh’s camel market is a fascinating place to wander. Late afternoon is when the traders really find their voices. If you want to put in a bid, you’ll need at least SR5000.


King’s Forest

This verdant swath about an hour outside the city is a worthwhile day trip for hikers and birdwatchers. Camping is allowed, so overnighters have the option to rent a Bedouin-style tent or pitch their own.


Al Elb Dam

Al Elb Dam is a coveted wetland area within the city that offers miles of date-palm-lined walkways and shaded picnic spots. Visitors can stroll across the top of the dam and see fish.


World Sights Park

Get a tour of the world at this small and strange spectacle that holds miniature replicas of world landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. There are also Saudi landmark.


King Abdullah Park

One of Riyadh’s cleanest and best maintained parks, here there are several green lawns that you can picnic on, wide pathways for jogging and cycling, a large play area for kids, an auditorium for events and an arts…


Riyadh Water Tower

Until the year 2000, when the Al Faisaliah Tower was built, this was Riyadh’s tallest landmark. It remains prominent today, and you can climb to the top and enjoy quite impressive views over the city from this Tower…


Clock Tower

This green and white clock tower at the western end of Al Thumairi St in the old Riyadh neighbourhood of Ad Dirah.