Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia and is one of the larger cities in the Middle East. Due to money from the oil boom of the 1970s and 1980s, this wealthy city has developed over the years into an oasis of glass skyscrapers, gigantic shopping complexes, and a wealth of Riyadh museums that document the Islamic culture of Saudi Arabia. There are many attractions to explore in Riyadh. Al Bathaa is the heart of Riyadh Saudi Arabia and is the oldest part of the city. Most tourists visit Al Bathaa to shop in bazaars, visit Riyadh museums, mail a letter at the post office, or visit the bank. Not too far is the recently renovated Riyadh Zoo, which was established in 1957.
Another popular attraction is the Al Musmak Castle. The castle, which represents the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was originally built in 1865 and has been renovated for tourism. Al Musmak Castle has many notable landmarks, including a mosque and a grand palace gate. On the western edge of the palace ground is the Riyadh Museum for History and Archaeology. The main feature of the museum is a large collection of cultural artifacts from various places in Saudi Arabia, including Riyadh and the Muslim center of the world, Mecca.
Visiting Riyadh museums is an effective way to learn
more about the history of Saudi Arabia. The Riyadh Museum
is located near Al Bathaa, the city center. The Riyadh
museums attractions include a model of the Al Musmak Castle
as well as cooking utensils, instruments, tools, and jewelry
ranging in time period from the Stone Age to early Islam.
There is also a room devoted to the architecture of Islamic
countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United
Arab Emirates, and Egypt.
The museum hours are 8 a.m. until noon and 4 until 9 p.m.
on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday for men only and Sunday,
Tuesday, and Thursday for families and Riyadh tours.
Salam Park is located in the heart of Saudi Arabia, near Musmak Castle and the mosque of Imam, and is a must see for Riyadh tours. This sixteen million dollar Salam Park project is more than just your average park. Once the site of a palace, Salam Park contains an artificial lake, a wildlife conservation zone, a palm grove, and acres of land to have a picnic or a run on paved trails. There is also a large playground, four prayer buildings, and several restaurants.
There are many dining opportunities in Saudi Arabia ranging from inexpensive to expensive. Some of the main specialties include kebab, chickpeas, pita bread, and kultra, which is meat on skewers. If you’re looking for nightlife, you may want to look elsewhere than Saudi Arabia since alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Some people prefer to shop in the evenings since many of the bazaars are open until midnight.
The best time to visit Riyadh Saudi Arabia is between November and February when the climate is cool. Evenings in Riyadh are considerably cooler and it occasionally rains. If you’re traveling to Riyadh Saudi Arabia, the King Khalid International Airport is located just 35 kilometers from Riyadh Saudi Arabia and is mainly served by Saudi Arabia Airlines. The best way to get to your destination from the airport is to take a taxi or an airport coach. First time travelers may want to consider taking Riyadh tours that depart from the airport.
As one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Riyadh combines traditional Islamic values with modern skyscrapers, international cuisine, and upscale shopping opportunities.