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The capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, is located in the centre of the an-Nafud desert, and is the largest city on the Arabian Peninsula. With a population of over 7.5 million people, it attracts around 5 million tourists every year, drawn by its historic souks, glistening skyscrapers and vast shopping malls.

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Sky bridge at Kingdom center
The best way to see Riydah is from the Sky Bridge on the 99th floor of the Kingdom Tower, providing incredible 360-degree views of the city and beyond. At over 65 metres in length, the Sky Bridge is suspended 300 metres above the city and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Two elevators will take you to the top where the floor-to-ceiling glass panels of the bridge will test your head for heights. But the stunning views on offer both day and night, make this attraction a must see.

Al Nakheel mall 
The largest and arguably, best shopping mall in Riyadh, the Al Nakheel attracts more than 200,000 people every week. Popular with families, it boasts all the famous name brands you could ask for, including:
GAP, Sunglass Hut, Marks and Spencer, ZARA, Max Factor, The Body Shop, Bobbi Brown, Molton Brown London, Yves Rocher France, Sunglass Hut, Champion, Mango, Sketchers, Tumi, Dune London, Kurt Geiger and more.

Away from the shops there’s a 3D cinema, indoor play park with slides, sports courts, tunnels, towers, ball blasters and trampolines. There are also giant hydraulic screens, mechanical adventure games, and a wide range of dining options to suit every taste – including Awani restaurant, Sushi Library, L’eto Cafe, Cabana Restaurant, Costa Coffee and McDonalds. 

Al Masmak fortress
One of the most important historical sites in Riyadh, this beautifully restored 19th-century clay and mudbrick fortress in the heart of the old quarter, was built in 1865. It played a pivotal role in the unification of Saudi Arabia and now offers visitors a chance to discover the fascinating history of the Kingdom through its excellent museum and exhibitions.

Once you’ve finished exploring the fort, the Souq Al Zal is right next door and sells traditional handicrafts, jewellery, spices and more. A perfect place to pick up a memento and experience the Kingdom’s culture first hand.

Diriyah 
Just northwest of the capita lies Diriyah, the original capital of the first Saudi state. Once an ancient trade and pilgrimage route, it is now a historical centre and boasts the 15th century UNESCO-listed site of At-Turaif.

The original seat of power of Saudi Arabia’s Al Saud family, Diriyah has undergone a huge redevelopment in recent years. Creating a must-see tourist attraction that will allow people to walk through the streets and ruins of the ancient mud-brick houses.

Various museums, including The Museum of Al Saud House, The Museum of the Saudi State and Arabian Peninsula, The Museum of the 100-Stories Journey, and Misk Heritage Museum, are all set to open. While luxury hotels, dining, shopping and entertainment facilities are set to follow.

The edge of the world
About a 90-minute drive outside of Riyadh, lies Jebel Fihrayn, or ‘The Edge of the World’. One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, these 300-meter-high cliffs boast breath-taking views of the surrounding desert plain that was once home to an ancient ocean.

The Edge of the World is part of the vast Tuwaiq escarpment, and visitors can spot camels meandering the ancient caravan routes that once passed through these lands. There’s also fossil evidence of the tropical sea that covered these lands over 150 million years ago.

The best way to visit is by taking one of the many guided day tours available from the capital. There’s also the option to visit at sunset for an experience you’ll never forget.

Quad biking
When you’ve had your fill of culture, shopping and breath-taking views, why not try your hand at quad biking. Available in the Twiq desert, 30km west Riyadh, this exhilarating thrill ride is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Suitable for all ability levels, including novices, this desert adventure comes with an experienced instructor who will teach you everything you need to know. It’s a unique way to explore the landscape and experience the stunning red sand dunes.

If quad biking isn’t your thing, you can always try sandboarding, sand skiing experience or even a leisurely camel ride.

Something for everyone
Riyadh has grown from a small, desert village into the modern metropolis of today. This vibrant city with an ancient history, has enough attractions to keep travellers coming back year after year.

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