Top 5 Spots for Nature Lovers in Riyadh


We, humans, have an intrinsic emotional need to connect with nature (also known as biophilia) and this has been repeatedly proven through researches or reviews such as “Health benefits of urban vegetation and green space: Research roundup”; “Environmental Benefits of Green Space – Project Evergreen”; “Health benefits of green spaces in the living environment: A systematic review of epidemiological studies”; and so forth. Such that urban planning, which is a relatively new profession by the way, has emerged from concerns for health and well-being through preventing illnesses and diseases that have something to do with substandard sanitation, exposure to different kinds of environmental pollution, and even overcrowding.

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11 thoughts on “Top 5 Spots for Nature Lovers in Riyadh

  1. What picturesque, scenic places to get away from and unwind, Sony. Good to hear that you found time to visit all of them at some point, and now you are bringing them to us. The imagery in this photo is a delight to my optical organs – bright, light and full of warmth.

    Wadi Hanifa sounds and looks like a spot that is popular for what it is, being a heritage site that it is. That is great, because that way the locals and tourists can learn a bit more and appreciate the heritage and past of Saudi. But hopefully they don’t get too close to the ruins and move them around. I’m sure there is security and laws around that.

    Such a great sunset shot at Rawdat Khuraim. When you mentioned wildlife, I was half expecting to see shots of animals, lol. Maybe it is just nature and plants here, which is also wildlife 🙂

    I share your sentiments on wastage and recycling. It is not hard to put things to use again. It is just a matter of asking what else we can do with what we have, and how to share it around once again. For instance, when I am finished my food in the food court, it is just a matter of walking a few more steps to put the plastic cutlery into the recycling bin – sometimes it is just an arm’s length away 😀

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    • I remember when I was still new in Saudi. I thought, life here would be such a boring one because I did not know much about the country. I did ask Google though about Saudi but not tourist attractions. I was too engrossed with digging stuff about the company I would be working for.
      Thank God, Saudi is also teeming with spectacular nature feats.
      Sorry about the animals. There were actually plenty, but less if compared to a topical forest. However, the animals are very wild and do not seem to love strangers in sight. Add to that having a not so powerful camera.
      I was actually with a group of professional photographers that time. I happened to be friends with one of the members who dragged me to that trip that was meant for bird photography.
      Thank you so much for sharing the sentiment. If only we could do more other than our self imposed initiatives on reduced, reuse, recycle campaign. For now, I am happy that I could use social media to raise awareness about global warming and nature preservation.

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  2. Wow, I am blown away by some of the photos of these places. The King’s Forest looks like such a fantastic place to spend time at, as do many of the other places in your post. Thank you for sharing.

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