Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
ZipTipz Riyadh Travel Guide

A city that rose from the fiery sands of the Arabian Peninsula, Riyadh is one of the richest oil-producing metropoles in the world today. Date palms, ancient ruins, and patriarchal tradition are still as much a part of its culture as are its oil wells.

District Guide

Once a small walled city, Riyadh has developed into a dynamic metropolis over the years. The first major thrust came during the oil boom of the 1950s, when older structures were demolished to make way for commercial development. Today, it is one of the fastest growing and most prosperous cities...

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Historical Background

Think vast expanses of desert, golden sands, a fiery sun, date-palms and mosques, interspersed with multi-storey towers, malls, and the best cars money can buy – welcome to Riyadh, where the past and the present blend into the city's singular identit...

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Where To Stay

Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh is a city of rigid religious and social norms, of searing temperatures and unbending laws, of ancient traditions and ultra-modern infrastructure. Keeping these factors in mind, it is easy to see why it is best that one spare a thought to accommodations if visiting...

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Dining and Drinking

Social restrictions in Riyadh make meal times a very different affair from most other cities of the world. Meals are a bonding activity solely for men as women are not permitted to dine in public without a male accompaniment.

Riyadh is bordered by Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan in the north, the Gulf of...

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Riyadh looks like any other cosmopolitan city with its neon lights and skyscraper skyline; but nightlife here goes as far as your neighborhood coffee shop or a visit to your favorite restaurant. The dress code dictates that women regardless of nationality have to wear the abaya, and men must wear...

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Recommended Tours

Al Musmak Castle in the Al-Bathaa district serves as a great starting point. Located in the center of the city, this fortress and museum symbolizes the unification and foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This stronghold has several notable landmarks: the Palace Gate on the western side;...

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Riyadh (Arabic: الرياضar-Riyāḍ) is the capital and largest city of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, located in Ar Riyad Province in the Najd region. It is situated in the centre of the Arabian peninsula on a large plateau and is home to over 4,260,000 people (around 20% of the nation's population).

The city lies in Saudi Arabia's 'central corridor' of development along with Buraydah and Al Kharj in the Ar Riyad administrative division. The other areas of concentrated population are two coastal areas - around Jiddah and Mecca on the Red Sea, and around Jubail and Dhahran on the Persian Gulf. Riyadh is located at 24°42'42" North, 46°43'27" East (24.711667, 46.724167).

The city is divided into 17 branch municipalities under the control of the Riyadh Municipality and the Riyadh Development Authority, chaired by Riyadh Province Governor Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.

Although in a highly arid area the city does receive some rainfall. Five dams store the runoff. There are also 96 wells and 290 miles (467 km) of pipe bringing huge volumes of water from desalination plants on the Persian Gulf.

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