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  • Arriving in Riyadh

    by kazak Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    When you land at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, you'll be greeted by long, long queues. Expect to wait up to 5 minutes per person, so do your math when picking a queue!!

    As tempted as you might be to pick a small queue on the left, stick to the right. I've found the right hand side to consitently move faster.

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    by DunaKal Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    It is a fact that Jiddah has one of the largest airports in the world due to Hajj(pilgrimage time),But going to Riyadh and seeing the beautiful airport they have was a real WOW.It`s very practicle and easy to raom.
    The flight takes about 1.30 minutes from Jiddah to Riyadh.
    There are around the hour flights.
    check the link below.

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    The "Do's" when Taking a Cab in Riyadh

    by Dthey Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    Pick wisely:

    Only those who know how to speak English.
    --Better those who are recommended by friends you already know very well.

    Only when you are already familiar with the place you are going.

    Be sure that your cellphone or any communication devices are fully loaded, battery and card.

    Inside the taxi, take the license number in case of trouble.

    If you are feeling suspicious slightly open the window for fresh air,
    deep breath and ring somebody you know for support.

    It is always best to know few words and numbers in Arabic before going out in public without a male company.

    If you decided to go down just say ‘heena kalas’ meaning ‘here’ and ‘it is finish’. Go down quickly and leave a payment to stop him from harassing you.

    *Photo taken from internet*

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    Best Solution: Rent a Car or Buy One

    by Dthey Updated Feb 12, 2008

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    The opposite is true for limousines in residential areas. It can be quite difficult to spot one on the residential streets.

    Car rental agencies are quite numerous in some areas like Sulimania.
    I am not an expert on this but I bet you can find great deals of great cars to rent for few days, weeks or months.

    So the best solution especially for women is to buy a car and hire a driver, if not, probably wait for your husband or dad to drive you around.

    Owning a car in Riyadh is much cheaper compared to Philippines due to free-taxes and status. There are range of choices from a second-hand car to an extremely luxurious typed vehicles. Yihey to the tax-free city!

    By the way, single women getting a ride from people who are not married couple or no presence of family are not allowed. If inspected and no family papers could be shown, everybody in the vehicle could be thrown into jail for days, months and get deported, depends on your connection.

    As everybody already knows, I will again repeat.
    "Women are not allowed to drive in Riyadh."

    Saudi women in push for 2008 driving breakthrough

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    Riyadh to anywhere around the city

    by Ramsor Updated Jun 3, 2007

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    Regular bus fare regardless of distance is 2 saudi riyal. Public bus originates from Batha district. These buses except for the bigger SAPTCO buses, are not airconditioned. Its seats have remained so much to be desired and could be too crowded. Rent-a-car fee starts at SR.50 above depending on the car's model.

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    Women not allowed to Drive Their cars

    by anees Written Jul 11, 2007

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    As women are not allowed to drive in the Kingdom, I am sure its widely known by now abouyt Saudi Arabia as the only country in this globe not allowing women to drive their own cars. well that a sad truth.
    So women may only sit in the back seat of taxis. A married woman can only ride in the front seat of a car if the driver is her husband or a male relative.
    Women still drive in suburban areas and deserts where they have to do their errands by them selves.
    (Women driving) comes to the top as hot issue from time to time, since tens of them took their husbands' cars and drove in capital streets some 15 years ago.

    They wish they can, well me too

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    Impressive but lousy airport

    by baronedivandastad Written Jun 20, 2005

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    Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport is as visually impressive as it is lousy.

    The check-in counters seem to be run more or less at random, and my experience has seen me wait from 1 to 40 minutes in line.

    There is no airline ticket offices, and tickets are purchased directly at the check-in counters, which adds to the confusion. The inability to hold too many people in the secured (?) check-in areas and the multiple security checks often means that queues extend all the way to the main door.

    Immigration can also last up to one hour at peak time (which is around 7 pm, when most international flights seem to land - this must be a joint effort by all the too few airlines that serve the Saudi capital to inconvenience their passengers as much as they can).

    When leaving, once you get to the other side of the passport queue you have absolutely nothing to do, no shops at all save for a couple of really bad kiosks and no lounges.

    The only nice thing is baggage handling - luggage has almost systematically reached the belt before me on arrival.

    Things get somewhat better at the Saudia terminals, but overall this airport makes for a good reason to travel to and from Riyadh only when really necessary.

    Millde Eastern architecture and efficiency.
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    Always haggle

    by neilward Updated Dec 29, 2003

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    Always haggle when getting in taxis.My mate Ed Bromley and I got in a taxi,sorted out a price and off we went........20 minutes later with the area around looking very familiar I asked him how long he'd been driving taxis in Riyadh,to which he replied "this is my first day".He'd driven round and round and round and got back to where he'd picked us up.
    We still paid him as the whole experience was hilairious,and he was pleasant enough,alot of taxi drivers out there are.

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    Have a pen with you

    by bzh Written Jan 15, 2003

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    When you land at Riyadh airport, you will need to fill in an entry form that you will need to give to passport control. You will also need to fill in an exit for when you leave. It is essential that you fill in these forms properly. However, you can only get them at the airport, when you arrive or leave and, of course, there is no way you will find a pen there. So, make sure you have one with you, in a pocket or in your hand luggage.

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    Riyadh-Dammam by Train

    by anees Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sine 1947, when construction work commenced for the current railway network in the Kingdom linking Riyadh the capital city with Dammam in Eatern province through Hafuf and Biqaq cities.
    Saudi Railways Organization operates several passangers trains every day between Riyadh and Dammam, some are express non stop, while others make two stops in between at Hafuf (Al Ahsa) and Biqaq.
    The trains go as fast as 135 km per house which allow journeys range betwen 4 to 5 hours.
    Rihab (non stop) one way: SAR 130.
    Normal first class: SAR 75
    Normal second class: SAR 60
    Riyadh-Damam 4 trains a day
    Departure times:10 am, 12:30pm, 4:45pm, 9:30pm

    Dammam-Riyadh 4 trains a day
    Departure times: 6am, 10:13am, 7:45pm, 1:05am

    The exsiting Saudi railway network includes two lines in operation:
    1) 556 km single track line built in the 1950s and used only for freight
    2) 449 km single track line built in the 1980s and used by passenger trains
    The railway handles about 850,000 passengers and 850 million ton-kms of cargo every year.

    Saudi Arabia also announced three new railway lines to be constracted in the comming 4 years.
    1- SAUDI LANDBRIDGE PROJECT which will Connect Jeddah ( Red Sea ) to Dammam (Gulf) Over 1,000 km of new railway to be constracted to carry cargo and passangers.
    2- MAKKAH MADINAH RAIL LINK PROJECT which will be a high speed passenger service (more than 220 km per hour) to accommodate annual pilgrimage between Mecca and Al Medina through Jeddah.
    3 North-south mining railway.

    Train between Riyadh and Dammam
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    T A X I S

    by June.b Written Nov 15, 2005

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    .... are the best way to go around the city. Just like in any big cities of the Kingdom, you have to agree with the driver for the fare even before jumping on the taxi. Fare ranges from SR 5 to 25, depends on your destination, maybe more... but from the airport, not more than SR 50 to the city center.

    For non-locals, you better take the white taxis only, unlike in Jeddah, Riyadh has many of those old yellow taxis normally driven by non-english speaking senior locals whom you'll find hard to communicate especially when you're new to the Kingdom.

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  • Taxis

    by asimk Written Aug 10, 2003

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    White taxis with Ar-Riyadh signs on the roof are now the only cabs in Riyadh. Taxi drivers come from many Arabic countries & the subcontinent and a small percentage speak any English, try to find someone from Pakistan as they are more helpful and understand better, whereas for all other taxi drivers don’t depend on their ‘Yes’ answers – it is advisable to give directions for every step of the journey. All taxis have meters, but the price is negotiable & for Westerners is always higher than for other nationalities. Prices of local journeys should not cost more than SR10 to SR30 inside the major ring road. The quality standards of the taxis is pretty good.

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  • Get a Car !!!

    by asimk Written Aug 6, 2003

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    Get a Car, otherwise you cant do anything over here :) seriously its too hot outside for walking and public buses are really in a mess as without an AC its difficult to move around and there arent any metro's or anything as such, although I read few weeks back that they are planning to start Metro service in years time or so. so lets hope they come up with something.

    I must say though that the road structure and planning is absolutely brilliant, I mean its one of the best I have ever seen around the world. So you do enjoy driving, but at times its a bit scary too when you see young saudis driving GMC's and overtaking cars as if they are playing Play Station :)

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  • When you arrive a King Khalid...

    by Mushtie Written Aug 26, 2002

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    When you arrive a King Khalid International Airport, the best source of transport to the city is by Limousine (Taxi). You will find these situated outside the airport. You will be asked if you want a limousine as soon as you come out from Immigration doors but avoid these people and head to the information box who will guide you to the limousines.
    Renting a car is cheap but if you're not used to Saudi driving then I don't advise you to. Stick with the limousines.

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    Taxis In Riyadh

    by garyday Written Oct 26, 2007

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    When taking taxi's in riyadh, unless you know:

    A: Where you're going (exact building)
    B: Exactly how to get there

    I would recommend that you take a hotel taxi and ask them to come back for you when your meeting are finished.

    Unless you are going to Al-Faisalish or Kingdom tower or some other well known landmark in Riyadh (there aren't really that many) then sometimes local taxis can be problematic..

    Not all the taxi-drivers will speak good english (same a I don't speak good arabic), most of the time the Taxi drivers are
    from Pakistan / Bangladesh so they speak poor engligh AND arabic, in addition the taxi companies don't really look after their taxis and a lot of them are very dirty and sound like they are about to break down!

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