Welcome to Riyadh, the birthplace of modern Saudi Arabia, where old-world charm meets 21st-century vision. Riyadh province – also known as Al Wosta – is home to the country’s capital: a modern metropolis with a thriving financial and business centre, and a growing cultural scene. It’s a city rich in history, boasting myriad forts, palaces and museums, and some of the country’s most colourful souks.
The wider region also offers a wealth of attractions: Ad Diriyah, northwest of the city and the original capital of the first Saudi state is a must-see. Its Al Turaif quarter, a carefully restored mud-brick district that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, offers a glimpse into the country’s extraordinary heritage, while the Al Bujairy district is perfect for families, with its twisting lanes, restaurants and cafés.
Those in search of tranquillity can head north of the city to the Edge of the World, where the sprawling Tuwaiq escarpment offers heart-stopping views over the arid plains below.
As the former home and court of King Abdul Aziz, Riyadh's Al Murabba Palace is a monument to the city’s past.
Welcome to Ad Diriyah, birthplace of the first Saudi state, historical crossroads of pilgrims and traders.
Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh is a modern-day metropolis, complete with towering skyscrapers and a 99-floor sky bridge.
Set aside a day to explore centuries of Arabian prehistory, history and culture.
Hidden in the heart of the Najd, an oasis-dotted region 200 km northwest of Riyadh, lies Ushaiger Heritage Village.
Four days gives you the chance to tour the city and set out on excursions to explore Riyadh’s breathtaking surroundings – including a hiking trip and stargazing in the desert.
Trade the city for the forest with an overnight camping trip to this beautiful reserve.
Enjoy sensational views from the 99th floor of this Riyadh skyscraper.
A treasure trove of items unearthed from key archaeological sites across the kingdom and a direct link to the country’s past.
Saudi Arabia’s cultural scene is evolving and nowhere is this more apparent than in its capital with its thriving arts scene.
When it comes to sport in Saudi Arabia, football is the main event.
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, Al Kharrarah National Park should be top of your list.
The Edge of the World is aptly named and can be reached through a trail that runs along a ridge of the Tuwaiq escarpment.
Find an enticing undercurrent of Riyadh's concept stores to explore.
If Riyadh wasn’t your first pick for an up-close encounter with a cheetah, a trip to Nofa Wildlife Park can change your mind.