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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Citadel

    by baronedivandastad Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    At the heart of Riyadh's Al-Bathaa district lies the citadel, also known as Masmak fortress. It's built in mud, which makes it very interesting when it rains a lot (part of it melts and has to be patched).

    The forest is a museum, obviously closed on Fridays (when I went there).

    These walls wouldn't last in the Netherlands.
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    Biggest Public Library in Saudi Arabia

    by redeagle Written Mar 29, 2004

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    King Saudi University in Riyadh has maybe one of the biggest libraries in Saudi Arabia, a seven floor building of the size of a big mall, each floor specialize in one general topic with arabic books on your right side, and other languages on the left side, and they change in size depends on the topic itself.
    they even have a special closed room for what they call "Forbidden Books" intersting..maybe someday I will see them

    KSU

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  • Top endings--1

    by Manyana Updated Feb 12, 2004

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    al-Faisalia Tower is considered one of highest two buildings in Saudi Arabia.
    It has a mall, hotel and luxurious restuarants. You can enjoy watching Kenyan Dance at Brazilian restuarants.
    It's located in the center of Riyadh, where you can have access to hopspitals, shoppings and other transportation.

    al-Faisalia Tower
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  • Top endings--2

    by Manyana Written Feb 12, 2004

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    al-Mamlaka Tower (the Kingdom) is also one of highest building in Saudi. It's around 10-minute drive from al-Faisalia Tower.
    It also has a fancy 3-floor mall and restuarants.
    It's also located in the middle of Riyadh city. You can have easy access to all other accommodation and facilities.

    al-Mamlaka Tower
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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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    What to do in Riyadh?

    by baronedivandastad Written Apr 30, 2005

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    Right, what to do there?
    The answer is: very little. Yes, the city does offer excellent shops and nice food, but it's not worth the trip unless (like me) you have business to do in there. However, it does offer some little gems like the citadel (see my other tip) and a unique glimpse of how life in the most conservative country in the world may be. Enjoy!

    A view of Olaya with the Kingdom Tower.

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    Shanghai ...I like Shanghai ...

    by kenyneo Written Mar 20, 2004

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    The restaurant is very cool , a blend of chinese art with a modern touch . There is a big "gong " in front of the restaurant and it has many cool chinese lantern .

    Offers chinese and japanese food ...

    A set of dinner of SR 20 for rice/noodle + 2 dishes + corn soup + drink + a slice of cake

    Should sit on the upper level .

    Shanghai Restaurant
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