Basically that's the main thing you can do at Riyadh. A lot of markets like Bata (the poorest one) or Al- dhira, where you can find almost averything you want.
And plenty of malls all over the streets, where you can find all kind of designers clothes. And they are also bluetooth flirting centers, that's the way in this country.
And you can go to some parties, but have to know somebody to put you in te list, and I still haven't found anybody.
And that's enough for one week working here. Bye!
At 300 metres, Al Mamlakah is Riyadh's highest structure. It was built in 2003 by the Kingdom Group, a conglomerate owned by a member of the royal family (the famous Prince Al Waleed bin Talal). Much like Al Faisaliah Center, the designers of Kingdom Centre had to circumvent the building code limit of 30 floors and came up with this creative design. Because of its shape, this building is commonly referred to as "the bottle opener". The building contains Riyadh's Four Seasons Hotel, a luxury shopping centre, a spa, office space and a restaurant at the top level with panoramic views of Riyadh.
Its been my habit in recent months to walk and hang around with my friends in late evening around Al Tahlya Street.
We mostly have our dinner in one of its many many restaurants, drink our hot coffee or tea or even refresh with juice in one of its coffee shops. Or some time just walk and talk and look at the people talking in groups, or simply setting to brows the internet by their laptop through the new the new wireless network in this street which called by the government the smart zone.
With my quicky walking style, it takes me 45 minutes to walk the whole street return.
Be aware that many crazy motorcyclers can drive some time on the side walk, so be careful and watch out.
Some Coffee shops has sat sprayers that create a cool drizzle to ease the dry weather in Riyadh and to attract outdoor setting fans, even in Riyadh hot summers
The common thing that people must often to do is shopping or malling either, the major diversion for the whole population here in riyadh, though the local tradition here is very restricting other type of intertaiment, so shopping is best way to enjoy life and choices of shops here are so much.
Saudi people are serious shopper especially the ladies, and as the people of Riyadh love to shop over this year the massive of constructions of the malls are still growing.
Picnic… is the most popular activity here in Saudi especially for family people, there are lots of public parks either private where you can go picnics with your family, though Saudi is very restricted country other activities like cinemas, nightclubs are not allowed so the way of spending time with your someone is either go to the malls or picnic.
Buggy is a small motorbike designed especially for sand dunes used.
Baggy riding is one famous sand dunes activty aside from the 4x4 wheel drive in the sand.
It is one fun ride both young and young at heart will enjoy.
One hour rent would cost you 50SR though you can bargain upto 35SR.
**One great spot to do this activity is near the Hidden Valley. The place is called Red Sand Dunes. The red orange sand looks really great with less stones/rocks **
The lush green trees along Acacia Valley have made this a very popular picnic spot. The whole area is covered with huge acacia trees, wild flowers, birds and different insects.
The Acacia Valley is still a very rich agricultural area as of today. You can see fields with vegetables and fruits which runs through the small villages.
The way to the desert is really bumpy, rocky and dusty. So be prepared!
You need a 4x4 car to get near the valley.
I call it Grand Canyon land which can be found at the south-west part of Riyadh it is 80km away from Riyadh center. I was really surprised and amazed when I saw this site they said Riyadh or Saudi is poor of things to do but as I researched Saudi has a pleasant desert tourism just like the canyons paved on the desert is one of the wealth tourist spot in the country.
But the problem is no tourist visa have been available in this country if you have to intend to work here and bring your family I’m sure you may enjoy this place.
All over the Kingdom you will come across rocks covered in ancient graffiti. One of which is the Graffiti Rocks located West of Riyadh near the town on Jelah/Jelh.
This is a 110Km drive from the City Center and will take you about 1 1/2-2 hrs travel.
We saw two huge rocks with old carving (graffiti) which they said was made thousands of years ago.
They left a record on the rock of the animals they hunted, the weapons they used, their rituals of worship and many other details of their daily life. You can also find hand prints, human skeletons, ducks and family of ostrich.
It is an amazing sight but to climb about 300 meters is no joke. So prepare your legs and arms going up to the graffiti rock.
**This tip can be a must thing to do or off the beaten path tip**
Pools of Sha'ib Luha is located about 80km from Riyadh City Center. It is one of the beautiful Wadi's (valley) which you can find outskirts of Riyadh.
The whole area is surrounded by magnificent rock formations and rusty orange sand dunes.
There are cliffs, steepy slopes and caves which you can explore.
There are standing pools of water within the area which they said was able to survive the heat of the summer but unfortunately it was all dried up when we went there.
Palm trees, shrubs and farms can also be found within the area. A little bit secluded and far from the town proper so better be prepared when you plan to go and visit this place.
It is advisable to go there before sunrise so it wont be too hot. Many people both families and groups do come here for encampments esp during weeekends and holidays.
a. Wear a comfortable clothes and shoes (trekking shoes if possibe)
b. Bring water, food, tent or mat.
c. Getting closer to the cliff is a little bumpy but a 2 wheel drive can pass through the area.
d. No cellphone coverage
Ad Diriyah or Old Riyadh is a 30 minutes drive from Central Riyadh.Here you can find the traditional and old houses of the Saudi people.
It is usually brownish in color because it is made of mud or clay. The whole structure gives warmth during winter while it is cold during summer.
As part of the government's project to preserve this kind of places....they have special projects which will take care of the few historical sites found here.
Although new structures are being built within the area, they are encourage to build somehow a replica of the old structures.
Many families do come here for a weekend get away from the city..They do barbeque and just enjoy the weekend with fresh air, the sites and the palm trees.
Almamlaka or the Kingdom Tower is one of the famous landamarks of Riyadh today.
It has 99 floors with designer shops at the lower floors while viewing deck/sky bridge is located on the 99th floor.
The skybridge is an iron structure weighing 300tons and is located 300mts above ground level.
The trip to the transfer level (77th floor) will last for 50 seconds while at the end of which you will transfer to another elevator that will take you to the skybridge.
Speed of the levator is 120KPH.
The Globe Experience( Al-Faisalia tower)
This building is located between the King fhad road and olaya st. the second biggest tower in the city. The view from The Globe Experience stretching over 40 miles in all direction, the building has skyhigh shopping facilities, luxury hotel and observation gallery.
Malling is one of the best past times in Riyadh. The malls here are really huge. It has all sorts of whatever you can imagine. Malls always have sales and promotions. If you have abig family, it is very practical to buy in bulk as it is cheaper by the dozen. In the malls, men and women cannot mix. There is a separate place for bachelors and for family and female. There is no fitting room anywhere in the malls of Riyadh. A lot of brand names are available in these malls. The two well-known architectures in Riyadh are the Al Faisaliyah and Kingdom Centers which have malls inside.
In the numerous trips to the Petroglyphs or Canyonland areas, one passes grazing camels. These animals can be quite large, and in colors ranging from white to black. They are intelligent animals that are usually quite friendly, but not particularly interested in the visitor. Camels don't bread naturally and need the help of their caretakers to do so.