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Riyadh started off as a small walled city and has grown into a major metropolis in the world over the years. The first transformations from a small town into a mega city began in the year 1950 when a number of old structures were demolished to make way for modern day constructions. Riyadh is also the capital and principle city of Saudi Arabia. It consists of a number of municipalities that lend their unique characters and cultures to the city. Riyadh has also grown over the years in terms of its history and culture.

Riyadh became popular in tourist circles because of its striking architecture. The old world buildings and mansions beautifully combine with modern day skyscrapers and the city still manages to exude a traditional charm. The historic city of Old Dir’aiyah, the first capital of Saudi Arabia, is also located extremely close to Riyadh. The culture and traditions of the city might seem to be a bit extreme to many tourists, but the main beauty of the city lies in the fact that it is very different from the rest and therefore offers its visitors with a unique experience altogether. Most forms of entertainment have been traditionally been banned in Riyadh. However, the advent of the internet and the modern generation leads to a constant mental battle between men and women grappling western influences and tribal Wahhabis protecting their culture ferociously. This battle is another striking aspect of Riyadh that offers it its unique charm and exotic appeal.

From up close, the city might come across as one of the most sober and conservative cities in the world, but it still manages to entertain and enthral its visitors with a unique range of attractions, luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants and stunning towers.

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Riyadh holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Kingdom Centre
Al-Urubah Road, between King Fahd Road and Olaya Street, in the Olaya business district
What is it? The place to see and be seen in central Riyadh is at the remarkable Kingdom Centre, the tallest building in Saudi Arabia, owned by a Saudi prince and built to an unusual elliptical award-winning design. Besides containing modern offices, apartments, the Four Seasons Hotel and a fitness club, the Kingdom Centre also houses a state-of-the art three-level shopping mall with more than 160 stores, anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Debenhams department stores. The centre also bristles with dozens of first class international restaurants. Hours of Operation: The shopping mall opens 9am to 12pm, and again from 4pm to 11pm Phone:(0)1 211 2222



2. Riyadh Museum of History and Archaeology
West of the old city centre, Al-Bathaa
What is it? This museum, chief among the numerous museums in Riyadh, showcases local art, religion and culture, as well as the diverse and intriguing history of the Arabian kingdoms, in eight sections. Artefacts such as clothing, weapons, jewellery and musical instruments, dating as far back as the Stone Age, are on display. Other city museums worth visiting are the National Museum, which contains ancient documents and furniture; the King Abdul Aziz Military Museum; and the Museum of Antiquities and Folklore. Hours of Operation: Phone:(0)1 419 1210



3. Al Musmak Castle
Al-Bathaa, city centre
What is it? An important landmark and heritage site in the city of Riyadh, the Musmak fortress was built around 1865 and is the site associated with the foundation of the Saudi Arabian kingdom. The castle is open to the public, who can explore its impressive rooms, pillared mosque, gate, watchtowers and well. Hours of Operation: Saturday to Thursday 8am to 12pm and 4pm to 9pm. Men only on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. On the other days women may visit accompanied by male family members Phone:



Riyadh holidays - Top Events


1. Riyadh Motor Show

From 2006-11-22

To 2006-11-26

What is it? Now in its 25th year, the Riyadh Motor Show is the oldest and most important motor show in the region. The top manufacturers from around the world display their stuff to the largest market in the Middle East. This year it is expected to gather the largest number of automotive consumers under one roof as the event runs concurrently with Saudi Autoshop. Where is it? Riyadh Exhibition Centre



2. The Hajj

From 2006-12-30

To 2007-01-02

What is it? The Hajj is the duty of every able Muslim, a pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammed. It is the fifth and final pillar of Islam, guided by the prophet, and each year roughly two million devout Muslims take the journey. The pilgrims, or hajjis, wear white as a symbol of their purity and equality throughout the occasion whereupon all gather around the Great Mosque in Mecca to walk seven times around the Kabah shrine before kissing it, in one of the most famous displays of religious duty in the entire world. It is almost impossible for non-Muslim's to partake, although many have tried and succeeded over the years, including famous explorer Sir Richard Burton. Where is it? Mecca




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