From high-rise shopping at Kingdom Center to the historic markets in the city’s old quarter, Riyadh––Saudi Arabia’s capital and largest city––is a heady mixture of past and present, East and West.
Learn about Saudi history at the King Abdulaziz Historical Center, and experience Saudi folklore at the Museum of Antiquities and Folklore. You can admire rare books and manuscripts at the King Fahad National Library Museum, explore the 19th century Al Masmak Fort, and wander among the artifacts at the Riyadh Museum of History and Archaeology. Take an afternoon stroll through the historic neighborhoods of Al-Bathaa, and go shopping at Mamlaka Mall, near your Riyadh accommodations.
Haggle for local wares at outdoor souq markets in the old quarter, around the Qasr Al Hokum district; the artisans making carpets at Al-Zal Market are a must-see. Not far from our Riyadh hotels, cheer your chosen camel to victory at camel races, every Thursday in the Thumamah district. You can sample Saudi food like kapsa––a chicken and rice dish––in area restaurants.
Riyadh hotel guests can enjoy a picnic at Old Ad-Diriyah––afterwards, relax under the palm trees at Salam Park, or enjoy a leisurely walk at Wad Hanifah Dam Park.