Riyadh is the capital and the most populous city of Saudi Arabia which lies in the center of the country, in the eastern part of the Najd plateau at about 600 meters sea level with a population of approximately 5 million people. Riyadh was a fairly traditional and nomadic society, then after the infusion of petroleum sales in 1940, the city became a major metropolitan center, with a modern infrastructure and a focal point for both travel and trade.
Riyadh is one of the wealthiest cities in the Middle East that can rivals any modern city in the world. It is the headquarter of government, embassies and ministries, as it hosts every year heads of state and public figures which make it an important world capital.
For years, most of the visitors to Riyadh have been traveling for business purposes, then Saudi Arabia has decided to work on enhancing tourism. At the present time, it’s home to the finest hotels, the best museums, restaurants and shopping malls.
Riyadh has a hot desert climate, the summer (May-Sep) is hot, long and dry and the temperature goes up to 40 °C, however, the winter (Nov–Mar) is mild and rainy that the temperature as low as 15 °C. We can recommend that the best time to visit Riyadh is from October to March to enjoy seeing the attractions and exploring Riyadh. Also you can book your hotel in Riyadh through Almosafer that offers 235 hotel that suits all your needs.
King Khalid International Airport (IATA: RUH, ICAO: OERK) is the second biggest airport in Saudi Arabia after Jeddah airport which is located 35 kilometers north of Riyadh. The airport consists of five terminals that handle 26 million passengers.
Riyadh tries to become more attractive to tourism, so it has a range of different attractions to see. We can divide it into two categories such as,
In the historic attractions in Riyadh we have:
Historical Diriyah, located in the northwestern part of the city, it was the Kingdom's first capital until it was razed in 1818 when the Ottoman and Saudi armies clashed. Nowadays It is the most popular archaeological site where the tourists can enjoy the ancient mud architecture and the parks. You can stay in Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel & Convention or Al Anoud Hotel Apartment and be near Historical Diriyah.
Al Masmak citadel is a structure made of clay and mud-brick, with four watchtowers and solid walls, was built around 1865 and located in the center of Riyadh. It's like a museum of Saudi culture which the Local legend said that if the fort falls, the Kingdom will fall with it. Almosafer provides you hotels near Al Masmak citadel, such as Four Points By Sheraton Riyadh Khaldia and Gloria Inn Riyadh.
In the modern attractions in Riyadh we have:
National Museum, the biggest museum in Saudi Arabia, contains eight halls that has an expansive collection of all things that display the history of Islam, human civilization and Saudi culture. You can stay in hotels near the National Museum, such as Tulip Inn Riyadh and InterContinental Riyadh.
Riyadh Zoo the National Zoo in Riyadh that is located on the east side of Al-Ihsa Street. It is the ideal choice for those who travel with children, it contains more than 40 species of animals such as camels, elephants, gazelles, monkeys, and lions. It is also a place where you can have a picnic as you will find a great play area for children. Make your stay as enjoyable as possible by staying in hotels near the Riyadh Zoo, such as Boudl Al-Malaz and Crowne Plaza Hotel Riyadh Minhal.
Al Faisaliyah Center known as star dome, is the fourth-tallest commercial skyscraper in Saudi Arabia which is 267 meters high and consists of 44 floors. The tower houses shopping centers and a restaurant called The Globe that provides 360-degree views of the city. Stay in nearby hotels, such as Al Faisaliah Hotel and Narcissus Hotel and SPA Riyadh
If you want to relax and experience the luxurious lifestyle, we've chosen for you a large selection of luxury hotels in Riyadh to enjoy the best of what the city has to offer such as Vivienda Hotel Villas that is 0.9 km from Panorama Mall and 2.2 km from Al Faisaliah Tower. You can also stay in Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya that is 1 km from localizer Mall and 1.5 km from King Fahad Library & Garden.
Moreover, If you want to take a quick break in Riyadh without attacking your wallet, You can go there for a budget-friendly hotel, such as Al Diafah Apartments Olaya and be near Kingdom Center and Riyadh Festivities Palace. Additionally, you can stay in Ibis Riyadh Olaya Street and be close to King Khalid Grand Mosque and Sahara Mall.
If this is your first time in Riyadh, we would love to suggest the most trendy hotels measured by star rates, reviews and excellent services, such as Al Faisaliah Hotel that offers meeting facilities, indoor pool and Business facilities. Also, stay in Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh, that is located between two of the city’s tallest skyscrapers, offers a Swimming pool, gym along with kids play area.
Also, if you are searching for hotels with free wifi in Riyadh, you can stay in Copthorne Hotel Riyadh by Millennium and be close to Panorama Mall that is 1.3 km from the hotel while Al Faisaliah Tower is 1.4 km. Also, choose Al Waha Palace Hotel that is 1.2 km from Riyadh Golf Courses and King Abdulaziz Historical Center.
If you are having a business trip, we've picked for you business hotels in Riyadh that would suit your work or business purposes, such as DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Riyadh - Al Muroj Business Gate, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, and Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh that offer business centers with Internet Access.