OVERVIEW

Perched high upon a desert plateau in the Arabian Peninsula, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital city is a bustling metropolis where industry, glamorous hotels, world-class dining and ancient culture collide. Towering skyscrapers rise unapologetically out of the surrounding desert, hinting at the city’s burgeoning economy, although there’s far more to Riyadh than opulent buildings.

Colourful souks, such as Qaisariah Souk in Al Hofuf, and Al-Zal, are beloved of locals and tourists alike, while those in search of culture should head to the Al Murabba Palace. On the edge of the city, Ad Diriyah, the original capital, is well worth a visit, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. There’s plenty for ardent shoppers, too. Riyadh boasts more than 50 malls, the largest of which can be found on Olaya Road and Tahlia Street, while the popular Souq al-Thumairi is located next to the Masmak Fort.

CULTURE

King Fahd Library

King Fahd Library

The library houses national collections of documents, photographs and manuscripts.

Camels in the desert / Shutterstock

Ajwad Tours

Wherever you want to go, this concierge service will take the stress out of planning your break.

FAMILY

Art lounge

Art center running courses for all ages, and offering a showcase for individuals' art.

Balloon party decoration in backyard /shutterstock

Petite Events

Petite Events offers rental decor for parties and events with more to come soon.

FOOD

Evidiato coffee shop / Riyadh

Evidiato

For velvety hot chocolate that will have you coming back for more, visit Evidiato in An Nakheel.

Roket cafe and coffee shop / Riyadh

Roket

This coffee shop and American-style cafe in Al Aqiq also happens to sell good hot chocolate.

Overdose Coffee / Riyadh

Overdose Coffee

Branch of a regional chain, selling coffees, and desserts from an industrial-chic spot in U Walk.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Amaali Center Riyadh

Amaali Center

Counseling in matters of mental-health, speech and development, as well as learning disorders.

HOME & GARDEN

Comfortable pink furniture /shutterstock

Gleam Design

Interior design company in Riyadh renowned for their comfortable furniture.

Furniture Qasiun Riyadh

Furniture: Qasiun

Selling home furniture, fitted cupboards and kitchen counters for more than 35 years.

Stylish composition of retro home interior /shutterstock

Ahlam Almadhi

Online interior design company based in Riyadh and offering a full design service for your projects.

HOTELS

Nofa Riyadh

Nofa Riyadh

The resort showcases the desert and the dunes from landscaped green grounds.

SHOPPING

Pastel gift boxes /shutterstock

Gifts Garden

Online gift service offering stylish and beautifully packaged designer items.

Gift basket with baby garment /shutterstock

PapaverHome

High-quality clothes and accessories for the youngest members of the family.

Family enjoying winter vacation /shutterstock

Lands End

Large US clothing brand, Lands End has a wide catalogue including leisure-wear.

CULTURE

King Fahd Library

King Fahd Library

The library houses national collections of documents, photographs and manuscripts.

Camels in the desert / Shutterstock

Ajwad Tours

Wherever you want to go, this concierge service will take the stress out of planning your break.

FAMILY

Art lounge

Art center running courses for all ages, and offering a showcase for individuals' art.

Balloon party decoration in backyard /shutterstock

Petite Events

Petite Events offers rental decor for parties and events with more to come soon.

FOOD

Evidiato coffee shop / Riyadh

Evidiato

For velvety hot chocolate that will have you coming back for more, visit Evidiato in An Nakheel.

Roket cafe and coffee shop / Riyadh

Roket

This coffee shop and American-style cafe in Al Aqiq also happens to sell good hot chocolate.

Overdose Coffee / Riyadh

Overdose Coffee

Branch of a regional chain, selling coffees, and desserts from an industrial-chic spot in U Walk.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Amaali Center Riyadh

Amaali Center

Counseling in matters of mental-health, speech and development, as well as learning disorders.

HOME & GARDEN

Comfortable pink furniture /shutterstock

Gleam Design

Interior design company in Riyadh renowned for their comfortable furniture.

Furniture Qasiun Riyadh

Furniture: Qasiun

Selling home furniture, fitted cupboards and kitchen counters for more than 35 years.

Stylish composition of retro home interior /shutterstock

Ahlam Almadhi

Online interior design company based in Riyadh and offering a full design service for your projects.

HOTELS

Nofa Riyadh

Nofa Riyadh

The resort showcases the desert and the dunes from landscaped green grounds.

SHOPPING

Pastel gift boxes /shutterstock

Gifts Garden

Online gift service offering stylish and beautifully packaged designer items.

Gift basket with baby garment /shutterstock

PapaverHome

High-quality clothes and accessories for the youngest members of the family.

Family enjoying winter vacation /shutterstock

Lands End

Large US clothing brand, Lands End has a wide catalogue including leisure-wear.