Colossal Wonders Of Olaya

The first time I passed by Olaya, what ensnared my optical organs are the profuse skyscrapers along King Fahd road. I had always satisfactorily gloated over the excellent architecture that these imperial buildings boast until one gloomy morning of 07 December 2012, when we went to Hair’s Nature Park.

Long before that day, the plan of taking snapshots even just through the car’s window as taking pictures here is generally prohibited of these colossal wonders was already embedded in my itinerary. Hence, I am giving you, for the first time, something opposite of my little wonders’ series.




King Fahad road is considered the most beautiful road (also, street) in Olaya with its towering citadels swinging on both sides.

On the other hand, the buzzing Olaya is the primordial district of Riyadh. It comprises the commercial and residential quarters of the metropolis. What keeps the area crowded, or should I say packed with tourists and travelers, are numerous big malls, markets, world-cuisine restaurants, and world-class hotels. This also explains why some of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia‘s illustrious landmarks such as Al Faisaliah Tower, Kingdom Center, and Anoud Tower sprouted alongside the main road (i.e., King Fahd). No wonder, giant tycoons in the country prefer to locate their head offices at the area.

Anoud Tower

Anoud Tower is a owned by Princess Al-Anoud Foundation and moderated by several Saudi Arabian companies. It was completed in 2005. At 155 m high, it is a major commercial building on King Fahd road. It contains 20 floors with 3 basement levels. (

Kingdom Tower

Kingdom Tower is the tallest of its kind in the city. It is owned by Prince Al-Waleed Bin Taal, a prince of the Saudi Royal Family. It contains a total of 99 floors and two basement levels. The total cost of the project was SAR 1,117 million or roughly US$ 400 million. (

Al Faisaliah Tower

Al Faisaliah Tower, designed by Foster and Partners and Buro Happold, is the third tallest building in the Kingdom and second in the city. It is about 267 meters high and consists of 44 floors. On top of it is a golden ball and inside it is a luxurious revolving restaurant. (


Surely, these lavish “symbols” of the nation’s economic and financial ascent will magnetize tourists and travelers with their state-of-the-art architectural designs.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Very iconic structures 🙂
    And looks like it is not in the desert, these Arabs are insanely smart!


  2. Beautiful Pictures!!


  3. cocomino says:

    What an unique architecture. Interesting.


  4. Northern Narratives says:



  5. Olaya is a visual feast. Those buildings are just amazing and beautiful. I do know that a lot of them we helped built by Filipino workers which makes me proud of the Filipino’s heart of courage, determination and yes, awesome talent. Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and your family


  6. Bashar A. says:

    Some really funky architecture 🙂


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