Saudi Arabia is a cosmopolitan place. Along with the dry, hot and arid climate and desert make it a unique country, located in Western Asia. It is the largest Arabian Peninsula with an area of 830,000 square miles. The primary ethnic group is Arab and it is the only country in the world with an absolute monarchy ruled by a king, crown prince and a deputy crown prince. Saudi Riyal is the official currency and the official flag consists of white and green colors indicate peace and unity among different nations living in the country.
If you’re planning on taking a trip to Saudi Arabia, don’t miss these amazing things to do in Riyadh.
Edge of the world is located almost an hour drive from the city of Riyadh, one of the most popular places to go in Saudi Arabia. The dramatic view of cliffs rising from the middle of the barren desert is breathtakingly beautiful and adventurous. It is stretching towards the skyline looks like a great natural wall, therefore named as the “Edge of the World”. It is a spectacular attraction for tourists to view an uninterrupted horizon.
Pro-tip: Visit the trek on a bright winter day. It is not advisable to visit at night, or during the summer because of the high temperatures.
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2. Red Sand Dunes
The capital of Saudi Arabia lies at the central province of the country, amid the largest contiguous desert of the world that encompasses almost one-third of the Kingdom. It is an important part of the culture and leisure of the city.
Located about 20 kilometers from Riyadh, a quick gateway heads to “Red Sand Dunes”, the most beautiful places to visit in Riyadh. Due to their name, the large windswept dunes are amid mountains. The place is becoming increasingly popular that allows a scenic view of “Tuwaiq Escarpment“, where the epitome of enjoyment is with renting an ATV along with picnic or barbecue. Dune-bashing is one of the most popular activities of the city and quad bikes are available on rent.
Pro-tip: Prices for quad bikes vary and can often be reduced with a little haggling.
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3. Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Center Tower
“Kingdom Center Tower” (one of the top places to visit in Riyadh) is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia since 2000. The unique design of the building is selected as a symbol of city Riyadh. The triangular opening of the building can be seen from almost all parts of the capital city Riyadh.
The building is located in one of the best area of city i.e. Olaya. Kingdom Center Tower occupies almost 96,000 m². The height of Tower is 290.4 m/ 953 ft (0.29 km)
The building has 4 entrances and every entrance is for separate use i.e. Office space, 4 Season Hotel, Luxury apartments & condominiums. The head quarter of the building is on 30th floor.
4. Heet Cave
Heet Cave (Also known as Hith, Heeth or Hit) a beautiful hidden gem and one of the famous place in Riyadh is located outside of Riyadh. Inside a 100-meter deep cave, there is a fascinating spring of water. Climbing down the cave gives an exciting hiking adventure with a reward of emerald crystal clear water of an underground lake. It is the perfect place for cave divers.
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5. The Street of Diriyah
A small town in Saudi Arabia is known for its traditional mud-brick architecture. “Diriyah” one of the oldest place in Riyadh, located on the north-western outskirts of Riyadh. AdDiriyah has revitalized Al Bujairi, divided into two parts; “Wadi Hanifa homes” the ruins of the old city of Diriyah lay on either side of the narrow valley and continues southwards through Riyadh.
Diriyah displays the roots of the Saudi Royal family. There is a pedestrianized maze of alleyways with craft shops and cafés.
The area almost entirely comprises the ruins which are divided into three districts, Ghusaibah, Bujairi, and Turaif, set on top of hills overlooking the valley.
AdDiriyah’s main quarter is Turaif where the “Al Saud House” is placed. The breathtaking region is located at the South Western mountain, surrounded by a wall overlooking all other quarters.
Second is “Ghusaiba Quarter”, which once was the first kingdom’s capital until 1683. And the third is “Bujairy Quarter” that is situated on the Wadi Hanifa’s eastern bank. The quarter encloses a mosque, school, the house of Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Wahab and the Diriyah gateway.
Among the best things to do in Riyadh is the famous Masmak Fort.
Al Masmak Fort homes a museum compassingwith free entrance. The fort is built up with clay and mud bricks slabbed in thick walls along with four watchtowers.
The museum is located in the center of Riyadh. The deep kingdom’s history is embedded within the walls of the fort. The site is open for all the visitors.
7. Riyadh Zoo
In the list of best places in Riyadh, Riyadh’s zoo is one of the most adventurous places to visit.
It located at the heat of at the heart of Malaz. It is one of the most exciting places in the city, especially for kids and families to spend a day out. The zoo opens at the hottest part of the day around 1 pm and closes at 6.30 pm. Usually, it is not overcrowded at all.
There are numerous international animals present in the zoo including; African Elephants, lions, Flamingo birds, Zebras, Bengal Tigers, Bactria Camels, foxes, Giraffes, monkeys, crocodiles, snakes, leopards, harbor seals, lamas, rhinoceroses, multi-colored parrots, bears, eagles, and many more species.
Riyadh’s commercial skyscraper, Al Faisaliyah Mall is the fourth tallest building in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and one of the most visited places in the city. It is located in the capital of the country, Riyadh, 267 meters high altitude and consists of 44 floors. A lavish shopping mall consists of many world-renowned brands is situated on the ground floor of the tower.
At ground level, there is a shopping center with major world brands. There is a clear view of Saudi Arabia’s other skyscraper, the Kingdom Center, from the Al Faisaliah Center and the two buildings create a silhouetted skyline in the evening.
Theis one of the top sights of Riyadh. The museum was opened in 1999, houses the latest technology inventions and highly accessible to the visitors, with an English description of almost everything available in the museum.
The visitors can have a virtual tour of Madain Saleh or watch the re-enactments of the great battle of Prophet Mohammed in Medina through the countless video presentations and mini-theatres, where the tourists could probably spend an entire day.
Note: The English name of the National Museum is not recognizable by many cabbies, therefore the visitors mostly ask for the neighboring Saudi Riyals.(Qasr al-Murabba) instead. The cab charges are generally for around 10