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    Visit The World Largest Integrated Dairy Farm

    by anees Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You may can't believe this desert region can host the largest dairy farm in the world.

    Well, Al Karj area, about an hour drive south Riyadh, host the largest dairy industry in the Kingdom where more than 70% of dairy products produced daily.

    Al Safi Farm is the largest integrated dairy farm in the world. (Guinness Book of World Records 1998). You can plan a visit to the farm, you need to contact the company and they sure will welcome your visit to see where 35% of the local dairy market come from.

    The farm is located in the Al Sahba Valley some 100 kilometers south-east of Riyadh, not far from Al Kharj.

    THE FARM:

    3,500 hectares (35 square kilometers).

    Over 32,000 head of Holstein Friesian cattle.

    600,000 liters of milk processed daily.

    State-of-the-art facilities.

    14 fully automated milking parlors.

    Another large dairy products producers Al Marai also welcomes visitors to its farm in Al Kharj area and as I heard from the company's officials, they organize daily trips for school students.
    Look at: www.almarai.com
    or call: +966 1 4700005

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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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    Janadriyah Cultural Festival

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Jun 21, 2003

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    Anyone visiting Riyadh should try and time it so they can attend the Janadriyah Cultural Festival. In 2003 it was held in February.
    It pays to ring first though - it is divided into men-only, women-only and family days.
    On the women-only days they have activities such as henna-etching and arabic make-up displays which aren't there on the other days.
    This year, I went on family day. I managed to take heaps of pics - including ones of women in hijab.
    They have lots of working displays of things like carpet-weaving, potterymaking, woodcarving.
    There are Arabian dancers and singers, the armed forces all have displays - and are all happy to be photographed.
    You can buy heaps of jewellery, perfume, shesha, halwa, wooden and ceramic stuff etc.
    There is a copy of the old Medinna with people actually using the shops - it has a real old-city feel to it, even though it's a replica.

    music/dancing
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    The spear in the door

    by baronedivandastad Updated Aug 21, 2005

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    The main door of the Masmak fortress (which you can see in the pic) still bears the head of a spear inside, dating back from the 1902 siege when king Abdul Aziz reconquered the kingdom. At that point, the legend goes, one of Abdul Aziz's soldiers heaved the spear so strongly in order to force the door open that the head is still inside.

    You can still see the head of the spear in the central part of the smaller door which is built inside the main door.

    Main door wouldn't open so easily.
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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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    Carpet Market (Souq Azal)

    by redeagle Written Mar 28, 2004

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    Souq Azal or carpet market is one of the oldest markets in Riyadh, but carpet is not the only thing you will see there.
    you will find some original authntic crafts and Copper such as coffee tools and kitchenware.
    this souq also sells Original "Oud" or traditional perfumes.
    you will love it there, the people, the old way of selling, the poets..etc..etc..etc

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    Al-Thumairi gate

    by baronedivandastad Written Jun 12, 2005

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    This gate lies just outside the citadel, and is the product of a very sophisticated restoration of the gates that used to stand all around the old town before 1950, when someone decided to tear the walls down.

    The gate is not too enjoyable since it lies behind a busy street, but is worth a hop to get a feeling of arab architecture.

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    The bottle opener

    by baronedivandastad Written Jun 22, 2005

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    Winner of the Empire Skyscraper award for 2002, this 302-metre tall building truly has changed the profile and image of the whole capital of Saudi Arabia.

    Its shape is visible from pretty much any corner of the city. It makes for an alluring sight especially at night, when the 100-metre-tall hole at the top (which earned the building the "bottle opener" nickname) is lit with different colours.

    The building hosts a hotel, a design award winning shopping mall with a floor that is reserved for ladies, some apartments, offices, a fancy restaurant on the 77th floor, right below the hole, and a corridor that crosses over the hole.

    A rare sight of a cloud passing through the tower.
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    The Granduer of Riyadh

    by kenyneo Updated Nov 15, 2004

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    I was mesmerised by its sheer grandeur ...its architecture ..the lights ..and shaped liked an elongated pyramid which reaches for the sky .

    There is a mall at the bottom of the tower and I heard you can watch some African or Brasilian dance in the restaurant too ...wow

    Grand Faisalia Tower
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    Old Royal Family Homes

    by redeagle Written Mar 28, 2004

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    in Diriyah, you will see the old homes of the royal family, some of these homes collapsed, others demolished by Mohammad Ali when his son came from Egypt to fight the second Saudi State almost 200 years ago

    Palace in Diriyah

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    The Orb !!

    by neilward Written Jan 10, 2004

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    The Fisalah Tower is a very impressive building,you can go up to the top and use the observation tower and above you the is a great restaurant,reasonably priced.Costs 50 Rhiyals to go up,?10 approx.This is a model found in the foyer.

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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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    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 Track

    by hjohnso4 Written Feb 9, 2003

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    See the fabled Aarbian horse, and the best breeds, in all their glory at the King Faisal Race Track. It is brand new and can match anything Europe has to offer. Western horses and breeders make regular appearances, and the Saudis purchase the finest horses for the nearby stud farm. 15 Riyals will get you a seat near the action. Races generally begin about 4PM on Fridays, and last untilabout 10PM.

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    Secondhand Souk

    by Malosak Updated Aug 28, 2005

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    One of the places you should see in Riyadh is Secondhand Souk . It is near the outskirts of Riyadh, exit 21 on the ring road. This place is amazing. You will find lots of fancy dresses, Ethnic clothing for man and woman, cocktail dresses and lots of princess dresses for girls.
    Some of these clothes are brand new and they are from famous designers. Of course you should search a lot and be patient. Also you will find lots of secondhand furniture, antiques, silver and lot more…..
    One of my friends bought few silver candle holders and let them priced in Ireland .They were cost fortune.
    I have been there several times and I just love this place. Make sure you have water with you and gloves as everything is dusty. For ladies is better to wear a scarf.For ladies is better to wear a scarf just to avoid any unnecessary attention.
    Don’t forget to bargain .This is very important. None of the clothes are more than 20 SR.
    What ever price they said makes it half.

    Secondhand Souk
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