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

Le Petit Sofa

Treat your daughter to a trip to Le Petit Sofa, where she'll be treated like a princess for the day.

Table set for birthday party / Shutterstock

One Plus One

Just about anything can be done by this enterprising event planner. Ask and it can be done!

Birthday cake / Shutterstock

Blooming Events

Lively children's parties, colour co-ordinated baby showers, and elegant Eid celebrations.

FOOD

Zooba Egyptian food / Riyadh

Zooba

Casual-dining chain - with branches in New York and Egypt – bringing Cairo street food into the mainstream.

Porterhouse steakhouse / Riyadh

Porterhouse

Home-grown Saudi steakhouse where they dry-age their own beef, then cook it on an Argentinian wood-fired grill.

Roka Japanese restaurant Riyadh

Roka – Riyadh

Japanese robatayaki cuisine and sushi is served in smart contemporary surroundings.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Al Faisaliah Spa by Espa

Set in the Al Faisaliah hotel, the Al Faisaliah Spa by Espa is a sumptuous oasis for ladies only.

HOME & GARDEN

House plants / Shutterstock

Nora Gardens

Nora Gardens will design and supply everything that's necessary for beautiful green spaces.

Garden center / Shutterstock

Sultan Garden Center

Garden center company selling everything you need to have plants indoor and outdoors.

Natural Cleaning Products

The Healthy Home

Innovative, medical-grade deep-cleaning using eco-friendly, chemical-free products.

HOTELS

Fraser Suites Riyadh

Set on a busy intersection in downtown Olaya, this new block houses 95 luxury serviced apartments.

pool lit up at night

Marbella Resort

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SHOPPING

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Sakhaa

Bespoke gift service, including elegant curated boxes, for friends, colleagues and family.

Fanateer

Educational toys and play equipment for children of all ages. Suitable for nurseries and playgroups too.

PlayNation

Playnation – which also has stores in Jeddah and Khobar – specializes in garden and playground equipment.

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

Le Petit Sofa

Treat your daughter to a trip to Le Petit Sofa, where she'll be treated like a princess for the day.

Table set for birthday party / Shutterstock

One Plus One

Just about anything can be done by this enterprising event planner. Ask and it can be done!

Birthday cake / Shutterstock

Blooming Events

Lively children's parties, colour co-ordinated baby showers, and elegant Eid celebrations.

FOOD

Zooba Egyptian food / Riyadh

Zooba

Casual-dining chain - with branches in New York and Egypt – bringing Cairo street food into the mainstream.

Porterhouse steakhouse / Riyadh

Porterhouse

Home-grown Saudi steakhouse where they dry-age their own beef, then cook it on an Argentinian wood-fired grill.

Roka Japanese restaurant Riyadh

Roka – Riyadh

Japanese robatayaki cuisine and sushi is served in smart contemporary surroundings.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Al Faisaliah Spa by Espa

Set in the Al Faisaliah hotel, the Al Faisaliah Spa by Espa is a sumptuous oasis for ladies only.

HOME & GARDEN

House plants / Shutterstock

Nora Gardens

Nora Gardens will design and supply everything that's necessary for beautiful green spaces.

Garden center / Shutterstock

Sultan Garden Center

Garden center company selling everything you need to have plants indoor and outdoors.

Natural Cleaning Products

The Healthy Home

Innovative, medical-grade deep-cleaning using eco-friendly, chemical-free products.

HOTELS

Fraser Suites Riyadh

Set on a busy intersection in downtown Olaya, this new block houses 95 luxury serviced apartments.

pool lit up at night

Marbella Resort

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type="block" ihc_mb_who="unreg" ihc_mb_template="1" ] A resort 25 miles out of Riyadh. Each villa has a kitchen, grill and there's an indoor p...

SHOPPING

Shopping icon

Sakhaa

Bespoke gift service, including elegant curated boxes, for friends, colleagues and family.

Fanateer

Educational toys and play equipment for children of all ages. Suitable for nurseries and playgroups too.

PlayNation

Playnation – which also has stores in Jeddah and Khobar – specializes in garden and playground equipment.