With Saudi Arabia now much more welcoming and open to visitors, this is just the right time to visit and explore its fascinating city of Riyadh. This is a place that you will surely love as there are endless things and places to explore and enjoy for the locals as well as tourists. One of the wealthiest cities in the world, Riyadh, is home to the World Heritage Sites, the best museums and hotels in the country. It is no surprise to see a heavy rush to book Saudi airlines tickets.
The Masmak Fort should be at the top of your list, and the castle made of clay and mud-brick is still a major attraction in the country’s tourism. Look at the stunning architecture of the old castle that dates back to the 20th Century and has a look at the exhibits of antique guns, traditional costumes, and old civilizations of the kingdom.
The ancestral home in Diraiyah has been declared a Unesco World Heritage. The birthplace of the Saudi-Wahhabi union, one needs special permission to explore the site, which was once the heart of the historic center. Many parts of the site are under restoration and closed to the public, but expected to reopen in 2020. Just get your Flight booking done in time because of the increasing influx of tourists to Riyadh.
Located near the Masmak Fort, you must visit Deerah Souk or bazaar. This is the right place to get a close up of Saudi history and buy souvenirs. There is plenty to see and shop here, and just about everything you need can be found here. You can shop for scarfs, shawls, magnets, lanterns, scented oils, accessories, spices, and more.
Drive for about 90 km north of Riyadh to reach this amazing place that makes you feel like being at the edge of the world. This is a popular trekking spot among tourists and locals, and from the edge of the cliff of the breathtaking rock formation, you can enjoy some breathtaking views of the valley.
Built by King Abdul Aziz, the Murabba Palace is another old mud-brick palace. The complex two-story structure looks intimidating, and inside, you can have a look at the first royal Rolls-Royce. There are several residential buildings within the cubic building which is surrounded by a courtyard and nine gates. Today, the palace has been converted into a museum and is open to the public.
Shopping in Riyadh
Riyadh will not disappoint you when it comes to shopping, and there are local traditional markets as well as modern shopping malls. Some of the swankiest malls of the city include names like Olaya Rd, Jarir Bookstore, Sahara Mall, Granada Mall, Panorama Mall, and more. There are fun parks as well as food courts within these malls. You can explore traditional markets or souqs, and Souq al-Thumairi is one of the most popular where you can shop for carpets, jewelry, and other Arabic goods.