Shimmering like a precious stone in the fierce desert sun, the city of Riyadh is a complex mix of dualisms that will intrigue the intrepid traveller. A modern cutting edge metropolis that boldly strides towards the future whilst at the same time, a city firmly rooted in the traditions of its historical past. Known as the “Queen of the Desert”, Riyadh will captivate every suitor with her desert landscapes and lush green oases, her ancient monuments and malls and the renowned Arabic hospitality of her denizens.

Facts

Population

4 million

Currency

1 riyal (SAR) = 100 halalas

Opening hours

The working week is generally from Sun-Thu with some businesses open Sat morning. Government Offices: 07.30-14.30. Banks: 09.30-16.30. Private Businesses: 08.00-12.00 and 16.00-20.00

Newspapers

Saudi Gazette

Tourist information

The Supreme Commission for Tourism Kindi Centre, D.Q Open Sat-Wed 08.00-15.00 +966 11 880 8855

Travel to Riyadh

Book your flights to Riyadh with Etihad Airways, and prepare to experience the unique combination of traditional tribes and Saudi culture with the common Western influences. Discover the rich national history of Saudi Arabia in addition to the numerous sights and attractions.

Top 5 Things To Do in Riyadh

  • Make the most of the English language tours and information at the National Museum about the fascinating history of Islam and Saudi Arabia
  • Test your haggling skills whilst shopping for gifts, souvenirs, and traditional crafts ware at one of the traditional souqs
  • Get in a round of golf and other outdoor activities on the 18-hole course at the Dirab Golf and Country Club
  • Treat yourself to some luxury brand shopping at the Kingdom Centre Tower before checking out the incredible 360 degree views of the city from the 99th floor Sky Bridge
  • Get a true sense of the city’s history at the Masmak Citadel, where you can explore and learn about the old fortress

Plan Your Riyadh Holiday

The typical climate of the city of Riyadh is capable of reaching both extremes easily and therefore the best time to travel to Riyadh is in-between winter and summer. From March to June and September to November you are most likely to experience pleasant and comfortable temperatures.

Have a look through our website and you will find the Etihad Deals section, in which you will be able to find some great flight deals to Riyadh. Most visitors to the region are here on business and to ensure that you get a flight at the best time of year it is advisable to book your tickets to Riyadh ahead of time. Cheap hotels in Riyadh are easiest to find during the cold winter months, which are the off-peak season.

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