Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh, is a sprawling metropolis home to more than seven million people. And with everything from historical sites to modern skyscrapers, museums to amusement parks, it has something for everyone – locals and visitors alike. Strapped for time on your next trip to Riyadh? Here’s how to best experience the city in 24 hours.
Riyadh for the Shopaholic
Riyadh offers a wide variety of shopping experiences ranging from the traditional to the modern. For starters, the city is home to many souqs (open-air markets) – bring your best bargaining skills to Deerah Souq (also known as Souq al-Thumairi), where the cash-only shops sell Arabic goods such as coffee pots, silver and textiles, and souvenirs such as old coins and banknotes. Shoppers looking to splurge should head to Kingdom Centre. The sixth tallest skyscraper in the country with a sweeping cutaway at the top, the mall is home to numerous designer boutiques including Fendi, Hublot and Gucci. There’s even a women-only shopping floor for those seeking a more discreet shopping experience. Need a break from browsing? Head up to the mall’s sky bridge: at 300m above ground level, it offers breathtaking views of the city.
Riyadh for Culture and History Buffs