Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia. What used to be a small-walled city is now known as the largest metropolis in the said country and one of the most successful and fastest growing cities worldwide. The commercial changes in the city transpired when the oil boom started in the 1950s; older buildings which used to swarm the city were then demolished and replaced by commercial hubs. Being the largest and the capital city, Riyadh is composed of 17 municipalities. Each municipality has its own story of colorful past and history that make it different from the other ones. Each distinctive story defines the vibrant character that the city has as a whole.
Along with Riyadh’s commercial evolution, culture has also shifted gear over the years. The city has also become the heart of trade and travel just like its neighboring areas— Dhahran and Alkobar. The city is also made alive by the different kinds of organizations that cater a myriad of services be it in culture, education, finance and agriculture.
The main attraction of the city is its architecture as it includes a pulsating mixture of the old and contemporary art— modern high-rise buildings towering over traditional establishments. Saudi Arabia’s tallest skyscraper and the world’s 36th tallest building called Burj Al Mamlakah is found in this city. Riyadh also houses over 50 embassies; twenty-two of which are the countries that belong to the Arab League.
If you want to experience Riyadh’s commercial aspect, the best city to go to is the Olaya District, which is considered as the heart and soul of city. They are bustling with all the entertainment, shopping and dining stuff that you need. If you want to experience its rich culture, however, you could pay its oldest part— Al-Bathaa— a visit. In this city lies the breathtaking 19th Century Masmak Castle which is one of the city’s best spots. The Riyadh Museum of History and Archaeology could also be found on its west.
Riyadh’s overall climate is dry as it receives little amount of rainfall in a year. Summers are usually very hot as the temperature hikes up to 50 °C. In July, the average temperature is 45 °C. Dust storms also frequent the city; they are characterized by thick dust visible less than 10 meters. Riyadh also experiences winter but only milder compared to other countries. Tourists should not expect snowfall too as the winter seasons in the city are just marked by windy and cold nights.