Half-day in Riyadh

Paths to modern Arabia

Half-day in Riyadh

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Located in the heart of Saudi Arabia, the capital Riyadh is a blend of ancient and modern, home to both the historical roots of the kingdom and a modern-day metropolis. In Riyadh, history and heritage come alive in the most contemporary of ways.

Heart of History

Al Masmak Fortress

Dotted across the city and its suburbs are landmarks of the birth of the nation. Al Masmak Fortress stands tall amongst those sites, a 150-year-old clay and mud citadel in the city’s old quarter, it’s an iconic reminder of Saudi’s past. Now a museum, this is a perfect spot to begin a visit to Riyadh.  

The Carpet Market

Souq Al Zal

No trip to any Arabian city is ever complete without a wander through its market. Riyadh’s Souq Al Zal offers traditional handicrafts, spices and incense, traditional attire, antiques and a wide array of woven carpets, rugs and tapestries.

Arc of Arabia

National Museum of Saudi Arabia

The National Museum of Saudi Arabia tells the story of the kingdom from prehistoric times all the way to modern day, through eight galleries encased in a modernist building. For culture lovers, this is an evocative experience that features both permanent collections and a roster of visiting exhibitions. Beat the crowds by going on weekdays.