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City Guide : Riyadh

Located at the Central Arabian Peninsula, Riyadh is the capital city of Saudi Arabia. The city is placed on a large plateau and comprises about 20% of the country population. By its population growth, it is one of the fast growing cities in the world. Riyadh means “Garden” or “Meadow” in Arabic. The name derives from that the city is situated on a low land collecting the flood waters, and composed of green grasses and roses.

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    Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia since 1932. It is the city of big hotels, concrete buildings, large hospitals and a pretty huge airport.

    Al-Bathaa is the center and oldest part of Riyadh. In addition to its camel market, this part of the city is a fabulous place to walk.

    Al Masmak Castle is one of the best landmarks of Saudi Arabia. Built in the second half of the 19th century at the center of Riyadh, it has four watch towers and was founded on the stone blocks. This fort played a cardinal role in the history of the country. Riyadh was recaptured here.

    King Abdulaziz Darat located in the center of the city is a complex of museums and parks. Built during the reign of the last King Faisal, the darat is thought as a scientific academy. This site was constructed for the commemoration of the King Abdulaziz memory and to collect and translate all the materials about Saudi Arabia.
  • Culture & Entertainment

    Riyadh is home to a great deal of museums and educational centers. It has the most quality life experienced in Saudi Arabia.

    National Museum, the museums of King Abdulaziz Darat, King Fahad National Library Museum, Museum of Antiques and Folklore, King Abdulaziz Military Museum and Antiquity Museum in King Saud University are some of the significant museums existed within the borders of the capital.

    The city harbors two national universities, and many private universities and colleges. Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University and King Saud University are the two public universities of Riyadh. Prince Sultan University, Al Yamamah College, and Riyadh College of Dentistry and Pharmacy are among the other education locations of the city.
  • Food & Drink

    Riyadh has a genuine local cuisine. Most of the local tastes are flavoured and spicy. The international cuisine is offered at most of the city restaurants. You will encounter a great deal of restaurants with menues from different ethnicities.
    The major meat delicacies are lamb and chicken. Pitta bread, humus (rice, lentils), kebabs, kultra (grilled meat) and mezze (snacks) are some of the best national specialities. Arabic coffee and the fruit juices are the most popular drinks.
  • Shopping

    The most striking aspect of Riyadh is its shopping world. A great deaal of shopping malls, department stores, boutiques and out-door markets (souks) are the main constituents of the city shopping.

    Al-Jazeera, Child Kingdom, Al-Shula, Al-Andalus, Saud Commercial Center and Al-Javaliy are some of the huge shopping malls. Al-Rajhi mall placed at the center of Riyadh is a spectacular outdoor market.

    When travelling in Riyadh souks, you should buy Afghan rugs, spices, jewelery and embroidered slippers.
Route Map: Lefkosa – Riyadh Flight

So Many Things to Discover Saudi Arabia

The breadth of this country’s borders do not convey its greatness. With their deep-rooted culture, these lands have impacted world history down the ages and been a major actor in a gigantic cultural landscape stretching from Spain to China and from the steppes of Russia to Africa and India. Founders of great empires, the precursors of art, literature and science grew up in these lands with a vast culture embedded in millions of original Arabic words. Saudi Arabia harbors great mysteries waiting to be discovered in all their many facets, embracing past as well as present. 

MIND-BOGGLING RIYADH

Tradition and modernity co-exist gracefully in Riyadh, the country’s capital and largest city. Eye-dazzling as well as the skyscrapers where international trade is conducted is the architecture of the country’s official government buildings. Situated on level ground, Riyadh stands out immediately for its contemporary city plan. The city’s broad avenues run parallel to each other for miles without the slightest eyesore to spoil the harmony of the view. Among Riyadh’s modern architectural wonders, the 99-story, 300 meter high Burj al Mamlaka or Royal Tower has a special place. The entrance level boasts almost all the world’s most select brand name shops, and the world’s highest mosque on the 77th floor has made it into the Guinness World Records Book.

DARIYAH AND MASMAK FORT

Dariyah near Riyadh is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important sites.  This region, where the foundation stones of the country were laid, is like an open air museum with its many renovation projects. Also near Dariyah, Masmak Citadel with its thick walls and towers is among the historic structures used today as a museum. If you are interested in authentic and traditional products, you can spend enjoyable hours in the shops here with Old Riyadh nearby.

MEDAIN SALEH

Located at Ula in northern Saudi Arabia, Medain Saleh, aka Al Hijra, is an impressive historic site that has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Second largest city of the Nabatean Kingdom, an ancient Arab civilization, after its capital at Petra in Jordan, Medain Saleh challenges time smack dab in the middle of the desert with its dwellings and temples carved into the rocks and mountains like fine lace. In Islamic belief the region is acknowledged to be the place where the Prophet Saleh and his tribe once lived. In any case, Arabia derives its impressive strength from a combination of old and modern, yesterday and today, desert and sea, in short, from its harmonious juxtaposition of opposites.

Saudi Arabia is a country in which established traditions and   modernity live side by side. Most Arab artists and intellectuals live in Riyadh. Reflecting the Arab style, the architecture of the shopping centers, where the world’s quality brands are sold, more than meets modern needs. Surveyed from the 99th floor of the country’s stunning national icon, the Royal Tower, Riyadh sprawls into the vast desert  like pearls of light.

Known for its beauty, speed, stamina, intelligence and attachment to its owner, the Arabian horse has been a symbol of honor and nobility 
throughout history. The pure bloodlines are bred today at the King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horse Center at Dirab near Riyadh. Meanwhile the colorful fish of the Red Sea, one of the world’s most fertile seas, adorn the city’s fish markets and are a source of livelihood for  thousands of people.

Located at Ula in northern Saudi Arabia, Medain Saleh, aka Al Hijra, is an impressive historic site that has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The houses and temples carved like lace into the rocks and mountains here defy time smack dab in the middle of the desert. Jeddah, the city where Eve, the first woman and mother to all mankind, is thought to have lived, also takes it name from this belief. A word meaning grandmother in Arabic, Jeddah is Saudi  Arabia’s largest city on the Red Sea. Ta’if meanwhile is at once  brother of the clouds due to its elevation as well as the country’s fruit garden. Meanwhile Mother of all cities Mecca, and Medina, are sacred not only to Arabs but to all Muslims.

Saudi Arabia’s port city overlooking the Persian Gulf, Dammam is located in the oil region. Once home to fishing and the pearl trade, Dammam today is one of the leading centers of the country’s economy and industry. It has also opened up to tourism with modern resorts lining the shore at Half Moon Bay. The enormous shopping centers seen all over Saudi Arabic are conspicuous here as well. In short, Saudi Arabia is a magnificent country, full of surprises and boasting different cultural and historical riches in every region. Go with the idea of exploring a country where you will feel the warmth and nobility of Arab hospitality everywhere you go. As you discover the worlds beyond the desert, you will understand that you have come to the right place.

Arab cuisine is one of the richest in the world. Tasty dishes are made using spices as well as seafood of almost every known species. Hashi meanwhile is the name of a traditional dish made with camel meat.

Metal coffee pots with long spouts are among the first traditional handicrafts that pop to mind in Saudi Arabia. Products like Bedouin flat weaves and straw baskets made of date fibers can also be found at authentic shops.

Saudi Arabia offers a wide array of accommodations. The Red Sea and, especially, Dammam on the Persian Gulf attract with their modern resort villages.

The cities of Mecca and Medina, which are visited every year by millions of Muslims on the Hajj or Umre pilgrimage, are where the religion of Islam was born and where the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

Turkish Airlines has regular flights to Riyadh, Jeddah and Medina. For information: 
www.turkishairlines.com

The city of Ta’if is known for its fruit gardens, vineyards and, especially, the cultivation of roses. Situated near high mountain summits, Ta’if is the resort of choice for its mild climate.

ON THE TRAIL OF THE PAST, MEDAIN SALEH

Located at Ula in northern Saudi Arabia, Medain Saleh historic site that has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The second largest city of the Nabatean Kingdom, an ancient Arab civilization, after its capital at Petra in Jordan, Medain Salih challenges time smack dab in the middle of the desert with its dwellings and temples carved into the rocks and mountains like fine lace.

Monkeys wait at the roadside for food handouts from passing motorists in the foothills of the rugged Al Sarawat Mountains, which must be crossed on the way to Ta’if.

You can take enjoyable walks in stunning landscapes along the shores of the Red Sea at Jeddah.

Jeddah Fish Market is one of the busiest in the world. Hundreds of different fish and shellfish find buyers at this market that reflects the rich underwater life of the Red Sea.

Last stop on the Hejaz Railway, built in Ottoman times, Medina Station is among the city’s historic sights.

A leading name in contemporary Arab art whose works have been gifted to numerous men of state, Ali Al Ruaiza taught for a long time at the Milan Academy of Art. “The people of today are finally taking ownership of their past,” says the great master, “and they want to preserve that heritage and exhibit it.”

Prof. Dr. Khaled al-Mutlaq
Cultural AttachÈ
Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission, Ankara

“It is extremely encouraging to see how Turkey-Saudi Arabia relations are growing by the day. The Turkish and Saudi peoples share many common characteristics and values. Both sides have a large number of cultural, touristic and historic sights to discover in each other’s countries.”

Ticket Sales Offices : Riyadh

TK City Sales Office
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Phone 00966 1 400 99 95
00966 1 400 05 16
00966 1 400 02 84
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Al Khobar Sales Office
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TK Airport Office
Address King Khalid International Airport, Office Number :1569
Phone Station office: 00966 1 220 26 31
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22:30 - 07:30

Kargo
Address THY Al Jamaz Building Al Arouba Str.Near KingdomTower PO.BOX:25194 Riyad/K.S.A.
Phone 00 966 532 85 00 84
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  • Riyadh : Airport Information

    King Khaled Intl. Airport

    Address : King Khaled International Airport, PO Box 125544, Riyadh 11483, Saudi Arabia
    Phone : +966 1 221 1000
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Area : 1,554 km²
Population : 4,500,000
Monetary Unit : Saudi Riyal
Phone Code : +966 3
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