With an up and coming tourist industry, the capital of Saudi Arabia is still very much an undiscovered gem. Riyadh has only recently put itself on the map as a site of interest for those looking to top up their historical and cultural awareness of the region. However, more and more people are turning to this ancient city situated on the Arabian Peninsula as both a commercial and tourist destination. By far the city's most popular attraction is the National Museum, due to its extraordinary depth and detail, which is easily accessible to English speakers. Spanning thousands of years, the museum illustrates the historical and cultural aspects of the region through a number of well-considered exhibitions and interactive aids. Visitors are advised to look up entrance information and opening hours before visiting to avoid disappointment. Another popular item on the itinerary is the Al Faisaliah Tower which dominates the skyline of Riyadh both day and night. Standing at a staggering height of 267 metres, the Al Faisaliah Tower is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Saudi Arabia. Spectators will notice a giant golden ball at the tip of the building which is actually a restaurant offering breath-taking views over the city. For those who prefer their feet firmly on the ground why not take a wander through the mall located on the ground level; home to numerous internationally renowned brands, as well as a bustling food court.
When to fly to Riyadh
As you might expect, temperatures during the summer months of June to August in Saudi Arabia can reach intolerable highs, making it difficult to enjoy your trip comfortably. Visitors are therefore best advised to travel between November and March during the city's winter when the weather is nevertheless pleasant enough to see all of Riyadh's top tourist attractions. April and October are often the cheapest times to travel due to the off-peak season, so if you are not restricted in the times you can travel these months are well worth considering to save yourself money and the usual tourist hustle and bustle.
Getting around Riyadh
Once you have arrived at your destination it is simple to discover many of the city's attractions on foot. However, if you feel that you want to venture further afield it is best to look into travelling by taxi or hiring a car since Riyadh is a city whose transport is very much dominated by cars. Although it is widely accepted that women are forbidden from driving here, this is sometimes overlooked for foreign visitors.