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Best Ten(10) Things To Do in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Exploring Riyadh is always a good option, but choosing the best places is tough. Today, we will highlight the top 10 things to do in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh has shown tremendous progress in just a few decades for a capital city that has grown from being a small tribal settlement to one of the wealthiest and busiest cities in the Middle East.

It offers a blend of modern bliss, such as a stunning skyline and breathtaking architecture, to traditional nuances, like ornate mosques and local cuisine. 

Whether you are a local, Expat, or tourist, get ready to indulge in the exciting journey of exploring Riyadh. Here’s our pick of the top 10 activities to do in Riyadh you cannot afford to miss if you are in Riyadh.

A little extravaganza, the glass ball cafe on top of the As Faisaliah Centre Centre is almost suspended in the air overlooking the city skyline.

The center is now the 4th tallest building in Saudi Arabia, while the glass ball restaurant called The Globe is 24 meters in diameter and made entirely of glass panels. Taste the city’s feel at this place. 

Pro tip: Book your tables a day in advance. 

You cannot miss a desert trek in a desert place. Known to the rest of the world as Edge of the World, Jebel Fihrayn runs along the Tuwaiq Escarpment about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Riyadh.

Hikers can choose from several trails depending on their stamina, but most viewpoints offer a stunning orangish landscape.

Trek to Jebel Fihrayn

Pro tip: Avoid visiting at night or during summer. The best time is a bright winter day. 

Even when you are not the shopping/touristy type, Riyadh Gallery is quite an experience.

Apart from hosting several international brands, this shopping mall offers a food court with national and continental cuisine, a mosque, and an artificial lake. This is a must in our list of top things to do in Riyadh.

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The annual festival is usually held in winter, but the 2020 festival was postponed to the first quarter of 2021.

But this festival offers poetry competitions, traditional dances, and an epic camel race with around 2,000 participants and their camels. 

Read: The Festivals and Celebrations

Janadriyah National Festival 

Like a Middle Eastern movie’s beautiful location, Masmak Fortress is a stunning sight. Built in 1865, the fortress is the site of the historical raid by Ibn Saud in 1902.

It is believed that a spear was hurled at him at the main entrance door with such a massive force that he was beheaded instantly, and his head was still lodged in the doorway. 

Isn’t this obvious? Yet we highly recommend it. So, it’s in our top 10 things to do in Riyadh’s list.

The Red Sand Dunes are dunes swept by the winds and surrounded by mountains within a 20-minute drive from Riyadh.

Dune-bashing and sand-boarding are the two activities that are mainly a lot of fun. 

Desert dashing in Riyadh

Pro tip: You may want to haggle a little since the prices for quad bikes vary. 

You must taste Saudi food in an authentic Saudi setting. This is what Najd village offers. Try regional dishes such as hashi (baby camel) and kabsa (meat with rice).

The place has a set menu of SR125 that serves at least five people. It includes 14 main course dishes, dates, coffee, and bakhoor (incense).