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What to see in Riyadh

Riyadh Attractions


Riyadh is predominantly considered to be a business destination, however the city is a fascinating blend of traditional Wahhabi culture and modern development, and as such there are plenty of interesting things to see and do in Saudi Arabia's capital.

Riyadh is home to a number of historical sites, including the Al Musmak Castle, the City of Old Diriyah, the Al Murabba'a Historical Palace, and the excellent Riyadh Museum of History and Archaeology.

These are must-visits on any trip to Riyadh, but visitors should be aware that most attractions keep hours vastly different to Western businesses; they open briefly in the morning, and then again from mid-afternoon to late evening, and are closed on Fridays or Saturdays. Women may only visit during designated 'family hours' so it is best to check ahead of visiting to avoid disappointment.

Although Saudi Arabia is famous for its oppressive heat, there are opportunities for outdoor activity in Riyadh, including golf, 4x4 desert trips (also known as 'dune bashing', and football.


Al Murabba’a Historical Palace

Al Murabba'a Historical Palace was built in the early 1900s as private accommodation for the king. Now a principal component…

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Al Musmak Castle

An important landmark and heritage site in the city of Riyadh, the Musmak fortress was built around 1865 and is the site…

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City of old Diriyah

The ruins of the historically significant city of Diriyah, standing imposing and silent in the desert about 12 miles…

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Kingdom Centre

The place to see and be seen in central Riyadh is at the remarkable Kingdom Centre, the tallest building in Saudi Arabia,…

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Riyadh Museum of History and Archaeology

This museum, chief among the numerous museums in Riyadh, showcases local art, religion and culture, as well as the diverse…

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