Riyadh - A Symbol of Splendor, Fertility and Prosperity
With its lush gardens and water courses, Riyadh has been the oasis in the heart of the aridity of Saudi Arabia Kingdom. Located in Ar Riyadh Province, capital Riyadh is the nerve-centre of both the political and oil reserves of the Arabian Peninsula. The small walled city took on the form of a full-fledged metropolis since the oil boom of the 50s. Ever since, it's rapidly emerging economy and architecture has gifted Riyadh with awe-inspiring skyscrapers, dams and oil mines, making it the "Queen of Dessert'. If you are enchanted by this queen, do not miss buying an acrylic fridge magnet representation of Riyadh - the best souvenir to keep the city's skyline just within your sight!
Other Attractions to Explore At Riyadh
Riyadh has several spots of tourist attraction like Al-Khobar, Dhahran, Dammam and the ancient town of AI-Dih'yah. The architecture of these places exhibits an amazing intermingling of old and new designs. Although Riyadh is the centre of Arabian cultural, technological, agricultural and social growth, it is also conservative in spirit in certain matters. As a tourist, you can definitely sense the Islamic moral code observed in the city's ancient mosques where till date women are not allowed to visit. Olaya District is perhaps the most attractive part of Riyadh where you will be offered a variety of shopping, entertainment, dining and accommodation facilities. It has some of the best four-star hotels, shopping malls and lively commercial centers to explore. However, if you have a love for Arabian antiquity, Al-Bathaa is just the right place for you. The Masmak Castle, the Qasr Al-Hukm (the Justice Palace) and the Riyadh Museum of History and Archeology are the two memorable attractions of Al-Bathaa. You can also visit Al-Mue'qila building and the Royal Palace at the Al-Dira area.