Great Tips for Planning a Trip to Riyadh

Riyadh is the largest city in Saudi Arabia and is always bustling with activity. The city has great importance as being the political, financial, and administrative center of Saudi Arabia. It is also one of the fast-developing nations where people from diverse ethnic cultures live and immigrate. As it is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, it can be intimidating to plan a trip to Riyadh. In this post, we will offer some great tips for planning a trip to Riyadh!

Egypt Air or Air Egypt Airline, owned by the Government of Egypt, has regular flights to Riyadh which can be booked using Cleartrip travel website to avail discounts and special deals on ticket prices. Now that we know, which airlines to opt let us see what Riyadh has to offer to the travelers.

Here are our great tips for planning a trip to Riyadh


Start With Planning for the Trip
Unplanned trips are no doubt exciting. But, having a basic plan for your tip or even a detailed one about when to visit and where to stay would save you a lot of tension and trouble. Riyadh is prone to extreme climatic conditions and the city is dry throughout the year. The wind blows through the city bringing along a haze of sand. So, get an idea of the climate and weather conditions before starting your journey.

Especially in a city like Riyadh, booking a hotel room in advance sounds like a great option. In fact, it is advisable to do so as most of the midrange hotels get booked in full during the week by business travelers. Booking in advance can also help you save money by avoiding last-minute prices.

The city has a wide range of hotels to choose from depending on your budget. Olaya and Sulaimaniyah are in the heart of the city and offer numerous options to stay.

Getting around the city
Riyadh is a car-friendly city. You will find the roads filled with cars zooming one way and another throughout the day. It is preferable to rely on the white taxis, which are officially recognized. Ideally, negotiate a price for the trip in advance as the locals do. Meter rate may prove to be costly compared to fixed prices.

Be prepared in advance by finding out the name of your destination in Arabic. Carry a map or use the GPS on your phone. If you are in an adventurous mood and are a capable driver, rent a car and drive around the city yourself. Try not to plan long walks in the city. The conditions are not favorable for pedestrians due to the sporadic weather and traffic.

Get a Taste of Some Great Food
Riyadh has a lot to offer for food lovers. International, Middle Eastern, Indian, Armenian, and Turkish are some of the many varieties you can try. An upscale restaurant by Vineet Bhatia (yes, the famous 3-starred Michelin Star Chef) called Maharaja East is a treat for Indian food lovers. And, guess what? You might even get a chance to meet him.

Lusin Restaurant, a small chain Armenian restaurant, offers the delicacies of traditional Armenian cuisine. And Global Lounge, Mom’s Flavor, Spazio 77, Bristo by Tao are some of the most popular food places with international cuisine.

Go to Mama Noura, Zaatar W Zeit, if you want to experience the authentic Middle Eastern dishes. And if you want a touch of Rome, try Eataly for mouthwatering Italian food.

What can you try in Riyadh?
The city has restrictions on quite a few forms of entertainment not only due to its harsh climatic conditions but also due to the dress code with thaw for men and abaya for women. Does that mean you cannot try fun activities? Of course not! Madain Saleh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with numerous tombs with intricate carvings. Plan a multi-day tour to this ancient structure and experience the rich desert along with a tour of the most fascinating interiors.

Get authentic Bedouin experience by taking camel rides in the sparkling red sand and spending a night in the luxurious camp with the mystic Arabian atmosphere. Go up in a balloon or take helicopter tours to experience the most amazing view of the place.

King Abdulaziz Racetrack is a popular weekend destination for horse racing enthusiasts. Remember to carry your ID with you, though.

Al Masaa Café is a café with a view of the Kingdom Towers. If you are looking to experience some nightlife in Riyadh, this is the best place to visit. The café serves food along with coffee and delicate cheesecakes. Reach before sunset to soak in the beauty of the city at dusk.

Shopping Destinations in Riyadh
The city has numerous shopping malls and marketplaces for travelers to shop to their heart’s content. Sky Shopping Mall, Kingdom Towers (with an entire 2nd floor exclusively for women), and Al Nakheel Mall are some places you might want to visit.

A largest second-hand market, Princess Souq has some wonderful stuff to offer if you are good at bargaining. Gold Souq along with Uwais Souq are places for jewelry lovers where you can get some exquisite pieces for lesser prices. Again, sharpen your bargaining skills in advance.

Go to Jarir Bookstore if you are a book lover. Or, walk over to Souq Al Thumairi if you are an art and craft enthusiast.

More Places You Should Visit in Riyadh
If you are a football lover, you would be bubbling with excitement already. Being a favorite sport in Saudi Arabia, the city has four major football clubs. The King Fahd International Stadium with a seating capacity of 70,000 has hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup three times.

Visit the King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre, National Museum of Saudi Arabia, Royal Saudi Air Force Museum, or Saqr Al-Jazira to learn more about the city and its heritage.

Do bookings in advance for easy travel!
Air Egypt operates flights to over 70 destinations around the world. The airline is one of the pioneer air carriers in the world. And is one of the better airlines for flying into Riyadh. You can check-in at the airport via mobile phone or use web check-in. They also have special services for those traveling with pets, baby care, expectant mothers, young travelers, and travelers with special needs.

Traveling to Riyadh may seem a little intimidating to someone who hasn't been to the middle east before, but Riyadh is a prime example of what the middle east has to offer for travelers. Consider this post when planning your next trip!

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