4 Awesome Places to Visit in Riyadh
Riyadh is the capital and the current largest city of Saudi Arabia. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Najd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 7.3 million people and the urban centre of a region with a population close to 9 million people.
Despite the strict rules and conservative culture, Riyadh is a place that you will surely love. It has a lot of things for you to explore and enjoy, and as for that; here’s a list of Awesome places that you can go to in Riyadh.
1.Visit Al Masmak Fort
Located in downtown Riyadh, is a castle made out of clay and mud-brick that once played a significant role in the Kingdom’s History, as this was where the recapture of Riyadh took place in 1902. As for today, Al Masmak Fort still plays a big role in country’s tourism. This stunning architecture lets you relive the memories of the years gone by as the old castle was turned into a museum that displays antique guns, costumes and agriculture artifacts.
2.Sky Bridge at Kingdom Center
Extending 65 meters in length, the SkyBridge which is a steel structure weighing about 300 tons sits on top of the 300-meter height tower and overlooking the whole of Riyadh. Its unique position gave it the advantage of being one of the most important attraction point for tourism in Riyadh. The trip to the SkyBridge passes through two elevators, first elevator will take about 50 seconds to reach the height of 180 meter to the Transfer level, and second elevator will take less than 40 seconds to reach its final destination the Sky Bridge. Located at the 99th floor of Kingdom Tower, the third highest skyscraper in Riyadh; the Sky Bridge offers you a majestic panoramic view of the city.
3.Edge of the World
The thick green line of trees along Acacia Valley have made this a very popular picnic spot, especially after rain, when you will find the wadi full of flowers and flowering shrubs, butterflies, lizards, dragonflies, and birds. The Edge of the World is a rock-framed “window” with a wonderful view of the valley below. It is about 90 km North of Riyadh. Edge of the World is located up straight from the Acacia Valley. This place is also called the rock framed window because from the cliffs you can see a dramatic view of the plains below. Located at the Acacia Valley and a part of Tuwaiq Escarpment, this place is a common trekking spot. Standing on the edge of the cliff with the endless view of the valley below will really make you feel as if you are on the edge of the world. It is believed that this place was the bottom of an ocean some thousands of years ago.
Formerly Romanized as Dereyeh and Dariyya. Diriyah is a town in Saudi Arabia, located on the north-western outskirts of the Saudi Capital: Riyadh. This UNESCO World Heritage Site should not be missed when visiting Riyadh. It was the original home of the Saudi Royal Family and the first Saudi capital. Old houses made of mud are such a wonderful sight to behold knowing the glorious past it once witnessed.
Riyadh is surely the best place to visit and explore, and also the best place to try a wide array of cuisine. From Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Turkish, Indian, Pakistani, Asian, Italian, American and more, Riyadh will surely satisfy your craving appetite. Here is a short list of some must try dishes and snacks in Riyadh: ‘Kabsa’ is like the national food of Saudi; It is a rice meal with meat, vegetable and lots of spices. The best way to enjoy Kabsa is by eating with your hands while the food is scattered on a plastic sheet just like boodle fight. Shawarma, do I need to say more? Broasted chicken is another favorite. It is usually served with fries, hummus, garlic sauce and flatbread. There is also a variety of fish and shrimp broasted for you to try. Another tasty dish that is worth a try is ‘foul and tameez’. Foul is a dish made from fava beans with vegetable oil and spices while tamis is the flat bread that you will dip in the foul.
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