Our guide to
RIYADH TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
About Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Discover the essence of Saudi, where you’ll find a mixture of global diversity that has emerged from this cradle of many human civilizations.
Explore the rock inscriptions and archaeological cities dating back to more than 10,000 years. Today, Saudi is a proud home of several heritage sites registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Each season of the year offers a distinct Saudi experience. Whether you choose to climb to the top of the highest mountain, 3000 meters above sea level, dive into the magical wonders of the corals and marine life of the Red Sea or cross the largest palm oasis in the world growing more than 2.5 million palm trees, all of these exciting experiences, and more, await you in a country ranked third in the world in terms of safety.
Get ready to be part of the largest international events inside the most prominent cities of Saudi. Set out to discover the unique charm of Saudi generosity and heartfelt hospitality. Feast on the distinctively delicious traditional food. Witness the most mesmerizing iconic architectural masterpieces. And, discover the enchanting world of oriental scents.
Book your flight & e-Visa
Saudi Arabia has opened its doors to visitors from all over the world with its evisa program since September, 2019. Visitors can acquire a multiple-entry visa valid for a year that will allow them to stay in the country for up to 90 days. The visa is relevant to tourism-related activities and Umrah (excluding Hajj season) and excludes other activities such as studying.
The visa system is a historic milestone in opening Saudi Arabia to tourism. International visitors can discover the warm hospitality of Saudi people: their rich heritage, vibrant culture, and diverse and breath-taking landscapes, from the mountains of Abha to the beaches of the Red Sea and the shifting sands of the Empty Quarter.
Crowne Plaza Riyadh
RDC Hotel & Convention
A fusion of timeless elegance and state-of-the-art technology, the luxury Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel in Saudi Arabia is the perfect short- or long-stay hotel in Riyadh. Be it an office away from home or a high-powered business event, guests can expect exemplary service and high standards of comfort.
The Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel’s swimming pool, spa and gym means you can stay healthy and focused as you travel Located at the heart of Riyadh’s dynamic Digital City, the Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel reflects the city’s culture and innovation. With King Khalid International Airport and top tourist attractions less than 30 minutes away by car, guests can travel to and from the hotel effortlessly. There’s also free on-site parking Home to 12,000 sqm of event space, the hotel’s centerpiece is the breath-taking Sultana ballroom and Siwar Hall, a circular conference centre spanning three levels. For more intimate meetings, 18 state-of-the-art meeting rooms bathed in natural sunlight with panoramic views inspire productivity.
The hotel’s culinary experience represents a cross-section of global cuisine. During your stay, discover Japanese-Peruvian fine dining at KOI, taste Brazilian fare at Wildfire, and local and international cuisine at Mosaique. The intimate Tea Garden Lounge or Sky Lite Café are ideal for business meetings or afternoon tea.
10 things to do during your visit
1. Skybridge in Kingdom Tower
Suspended 300 meters above the city, the tower’s curved Sky Bridge offers spectacular views across the Riyadh skyline and beyond.
2. National Museum of Saudi Arabia
Set aside a day to explore centuries of Arabian prehistory, history, culture and art at the Kingdom’s biggest and most entertaining museum.
3. Najd Village
An ideal choice to enjoy the most delicious Najd cuisine in a distinctive atmosphere that reflects the heritage and life of the beautiful past, with sittings inspired by the ancient past of Najd.
4. Diplomatic Quarter
The construction of the Diplomatic Quarter coincided with the beginning of the new Hijri century 1400H (November 1979), a period when many other major government projects were being implemented. The neighborhood has its own unique cultural landmarks such as the Cultural Palace and other venues for holding conferences, forums, exhibitions and social activities.
5. Red Sand Dunes Tour
Enjoy the only place in Riyadh where you can experience the Desert Safari by Quad Bike Around Red Sand experience.
6. Al Masmak Fort
Today, the restored building is a museum, a favorite among tourists wanting to step back in time and explore Saudi Arabia’s roots. Some of the fascinating exhibitions on display show maps and photographs of Saudi Arabia dating from 1912 to 1937, alongside a range of historical artifacts, works of art and audiovisual presentations.
7. Deerah Souq
Deerah Souq is in the old part of the city near the Al Masmak Fort. It’s famous for its gold souq section, so sometimes it goes by the name of Deerah Gold Souq. It has a plethora of little shops arranged in rows along narrow streets.
8. Murabba Palace + The King Abdul Aziz Historical Center
Constructed outside the walls of the old city of Riyadh, on what had previously been used as farmland during the winter months, Murabba Palace marked the first major expansion of the city as the country teetered on the brink of a new era of prosperity.
9. Al Faisaliah Tower
The Al Faisaliah Centre is a commercial skyscraper and complex located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This tower is 267 meters high with 55 stories and is famous for being the first skyscraper to be built in Saudi Arabia.
10. Boulevard Riyadh City
Boulevard Riyadh City is one of the biggest zones in the season. Triple in size this year, each of the sub-areas features its own set of activities, restaurants, events, and outlets that are catered to all visitors.