Top events in Riyadh
The city hosts regular world-class events and festivals that offer exciting things to do in Riyadh. Here are a few that might interest you.
Janadriyah National Festival: Usually held in February or March, the two-week-long Janadriyah National Festival is a celebration of the heritage of the various cultures on the Arabian Peninsula. You’ll find a host of cultural events during the festival, such as poetry recitals, camel races, folk art exhibitions, dancing, a book fair, and more.
Riyadh Spring Festival: Relatively new to the Saudi events calendar, the Riyadh Spring Festival takes place in April. The festival’s main focus is a celebration of the season, so expect tons of flowers and ornamental plants, as well as festival gardens and displays and workshops on garden designs, landscaping, and landscaping architecture.
Buraidah Date Festival: Beginning in August and continuing for three months, the Buraidah Date Festival celebrates the sweet fruit of the date palm. In addition to learning more about growing and processing dates, you’ll be able to sample (and buy) up to 30 different varieties of the fruit at the world’s biggest date market. You’ll also find a variety of date products, such as chocolate, dough, jam, molasses, and sugar.
Riyadh Season: A five-month-long celebration of the Saudi capital beginning in October, Riyadh Season offers approximately 100 events, concerts, and various adventures. The city is divided into 14 zones, each of which has a different focus, such as music, food, and entertainment.
How to get to Riyadh
You can get from Riyadh airport to any destination in the city with ease. Let’s take a look at your transportation options.
Taxi: Taxis are the most convenient way to get from the airport to the city. The journey from the airport to downtown Riyadh takes approximately 30 minutes. You’ll need to pay the approximately SAR 70 fare in advance. You’ll find numerous taxi desks at the airport terminals.
Car: If you want to hire a car for your stay in Riyadh, you can head to one of the car hire offices at the parking lot entry of each hall. Consider hiring a driver for your rental car.
Shuttle: Many hotels in the capital, ours included, offers a shuttle service to and from the airport. If you stay at Fraser Suites Riyadh, you can book a trip on our personalised limousine service at a cost of SAR 200 plus 15% VAT for a one-way trip. You can arrange the service through our reservations department.
Metro: Please note the Metro is expected to open in 2022. The Metro’s yellow line (line 4) links the airport and the King Abdullah Financial District. There are eight stops along the way, and you can transfer to line 6 at three of those stations. One of the stations also offers transfers to line 1. You’ll find the airport station at Terminal 5.
Getting around Riyadh
Getting around Riyadh isn’t as easy as it is in many other capital cities around the world. Find out more below.
Car: It is highly recommended to hire a driver if you’re renting a car in Riyadh.
Bus: As most locals have cars (and, in many cases, drivers) of their own, public transport is somewhat limited. There is a bus network covering many parts of the city, but it can be difficult to use if you don’t speak Arabic.
Taxi: Taxis, which are plentiful in Riyadh, are by far the most convenient way of getting around the city. They are reasonably priced, and if you don’t negotiate a flat rate with the driver, he will use a meter to determine the fare. Most taxi drivers don’t speak much English, so it’s good to have your destination written down in Arabic before leaving the hotel.
Ride-sharing services: Ride-sharing services such as Uber are operational in the city, and many younger Saudis speak English, so they are a viable option for getting around Riyadh.
Where to stay in Riyadh
Our Riyadh location offers the very best in holiday accommodation with our luxury serviced apartments, with facilities to cater to your needs for your city break. Staying at Fraser Suites Riyadh in the Olaya financial district, you’ll be near the centre of the action and in easy distance of major leisure and tourist attractions, as well as other things to do in Riyadh.