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    Hanging Around in Al Tahlya Street

    by anees Updated Jul 11, 2007

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    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

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    Buggy Ride

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    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 **

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    Acacia Valley

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Apr 10, 2007

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    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.

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    Graffiti Rock

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    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.

    Behind us is the Graffiti Rock
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    Pools of Shai'ib Luha

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Feb 23, 2007

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    **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.

    Note:

    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

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    Ad Diriyah or Old Riyadh

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Feb 20, 2007

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    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.

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    Almamlaka's Sky Bridge

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Jan 20, 2007

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    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.

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    Malling

    by gorgeousnfree Updated Jun 20, 2006

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    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.

    Faisaliyah Centre Kingdom Centre
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    Camel Watching Outside Riyadh

    by atufft Written Jun 3, 2006

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    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.

    Camels in the Desert West of Riyadh Camels in the Desert North of Riyadh More Camels
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    Visiting the Petroglyphs and Dunes West of Riyadh

    by atufft Written Jun 3, 2006

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    Another place west of Riyadh features an outcrop of rocks with ancient petroglyphs. The artwork provides images of animals once common but long since extinct in the region. Near the petroglyphs are some excellent sand dunes. This is off the highway an hour or so west of Riyadh. We camped in the area, away from the dunes. Exact driving instructions will require help from another expat once you arrive in the city. Actually to get to the petroglyphs a 4x4 isn't exactly necessary, although I'd convoy with one. The entrance is an unpaved but flat road grazed on either side by camels. And for those 4x4 SUVs planning to ply the dunes, don't do it alone! Even 4x4 vehicles can get stuck.

    Petroglyph with 4x4 in Background Petroglyph West of Riyadh Dunes in the Petroglyph Area Petroglyph Rock Outcrop Sand Dunes in the Petroglyph Region
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    historical DIRA

    by sjazeerah Written Jan 23, 2006

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    That's the place where the story of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia began in 1902.
    Until that time the area was governed by the Rashid Family.
    Then, a son of the rival-family Al Saud, his name was Abdulaziz stormed and conquered this Fort together with several supporters. This was the beginning of his famous rulership.

    Inside the Fort you can see a movie showing the battle.
    The Fort gives you an insight of how the govering people and their families lived at that time and you will also understand how they could cope without AC in summertime.
    Do not miss visiting this site.

    No entrance fee.
    You will be asked to sign in on a list at the entrance. Do not worry. At the exit there is a sign saying females not without legal male escort. But they always let me in on my own.

    Fort Al Musmak incl. square and main entrance Fort al Musmak from the backside next to the souq inside the Fort

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    Afternoon Tea

    by sjazeerah Written Jan 19, 2006

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    One of the few public places in Riyadh where men and women can gather together and spend a fabulous afternoon with or without (just the platform) afternoon tea.
    I recommend the afternoon tea: the price of SR 100 is well affordable and you can eat as much as you can in a stylish environment. The buffet is various. Saudi couples prefer to go upstairs to the cigar lounge with a more intimate atmosphere. You can stay from 15.30h until 19.30h overlooking Riyadh during daylight, sunset and darkness.
    Ladies can take off their Abbayas and the Mutawas (religious police) who might also visit the platform do not object.

    Afternoon tea on Faisalia Tower platform of Faisalia Tower Abayas not required during your stay on Faislia To shrimps, Sushi, sweeties as part of the buffet during sunset overlooking the city and enjoying te
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    The Pinnacle Rock

    by June.b Written Nov 15, 2005

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    I saw it somewhere.... a movie perhaps? No... an ad...yes ... looks like the Marlboro ad!

    This pinnacle rock sure looks like one of those rock formations in the Grand Canyon in Arizona (I hope no-one would contradict to that statement), located also at the HIdden Valley area west of Riyadh.

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    Trekking the Sand Dunes

    by June.b Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Twenty thousand feet above, when you're on an airplane, you could only notice those reddish or orange-y topography that seems to be uninhabited flat land mass. But getting up-close (and personal), it's nature's work of art!

    Those sand dunes that I only see and use as my PC's wallpaper is real, not computer-animated thing, and it's more fascinating if you're there. Just around the Hidden Valley area, an hour from Riyadh's center, you'll find interesting sand formations drawn by nature itself.

    I was wishing to find some magic lamp though..... for my 3 wishes... what would the first wish be? Lemme see? ...... Aaaah..... WORLD PEACE? ..... NYAHAHAHAHA! You Wish!

    Is there a sand avalanche? Damn! It's not my face! It's the sands... Alone in the desert? I don't actually know him!
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    The Hidden Valley

    by June.b Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Located 80 miles west of the center of Riyadh, you'll find the magnificent Hidden Valley (as called by expatriates). It is composed of cliffs, huge rock formations and a vast interesting sand dunes that formed an enclave.

    Most expats who lived in Riyadh for a long time have visited this place several times, it does not cease to amaze people coming here. Go up the top of the cliffs which may take 15 minutes to climb, the view is just marvelous. It's just a pity that most people who come to this place leaves uneraseable (is that a word?) grafitti on the faces of the huge boulders of rock with spray paints and pentel pens.

    Fabulous view down below! The Graffitis on the rocks ... vandalism against n On top of the World!
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