Riyadh’s Ten Best Places To Watch The Sunset


When I was still working in the Philippines, sunset is no big deal to me. I didn’t feel that strong inclination to chase it up to make my day complete. But when I braved the corporate world in Riyadh five years ago, things changed. I struggled at coping with the kind of life expats have here particularly in my circle. Having friends helped me a lot during the extreme homesickness period. But there’s also one thing that assisted me in my alone moments, whenever nostalgia knocks on the door: sunset.

During my first few weeks, there was this time when I went home a little bit earlier than usual. There was only me in the flat. So the dreading (home) sickness kicked in. I wanted to call them or chat with them but had no means. I fidgeted for a few minutes until I snuggled down at the sala. Suddenly, I was lashed by the summer breeze that made its way through the open window adjacent to where I was seated. I looked at the window and saw a beautiful painting. My optical organs got inundated with vivid colors of yellow, orange, and red beautifully interfusing with the blue sky and soft clouds simultaneous with the sun taking the center stage. I was magnetized by the scenery. I grabbed a seat by the window. At the very second I gazed out, the sky became a glorious art gallery. I felt like that sunset view was them staring at me, telling me they’re fine. I felt happy, satisfied. hopeful, and comforted. 

From there on out, sunset became a part of my life here especially when life’s low points crop up. It maybe regarded as a thing of fleeting beauty but its magic lasts. It was embedded in me. I then started documenting my sunset encounters and majority of them were posted on my social media channels last year.

In this fast-paced world divided by nationalism, language, gender, political belief, and religion, I believe it’s a must to remind those who’d forgotten the importance of appreciating a sunset. This is something we all can agree on

As beautiful as it is, sunset is not too difficult to capture. You don’t need to go places or use a super camera to catch its charm. To prove my point, check these 16 sunset photos (which were mostly shot on iPhone) out as they take you to 10 of the most ordinary places in Riyadh to watch the sunset, with a bit of story on the side. 

1. Nofa Farm and Resorts, Tibrak

2. North Ring Road 

3. Exit 7 Corner

4. Al Kharj City

5. Al Izdihar District

5. Al Wadi

6. Java Time

7. Granada Centre, Exit 9

8. Riyadh Golf Courses

9. Al Manarat

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If you've been paying attention to the sunset pictures I've been posting, you know that this is like the nth time I'm posting the same subject. Yes, it's true. But you would notice that each photo shows different shades and textures of that dominant sunset colors as well as cloud forms. Sunset do appear in many faces on the sky and it makes one weary at some point. Howbeit, I won't get tired of taking a few minutes admiring its simplicity, exquisiteness, drama, and, most of all, mystery each time I catch it flaunting up there. #storiesofthewanderingfeetandmind #storiesofthewanderingfeet #travelersnotebook #travelstoriesworld #travelblogger #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #sunset #skyporn #riyadh #riyadhguide #ksa #iphoneography #shotoniphone #sunsetandthecity #svfsunsetquotes

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10. Banban Area

The next time you catch a sunset, slow down and make sure to revel in it. It’s such a calming experience I tell you. Always remember that you’re accomplishing a very important thing when you do.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. aysabaw says:

    wow andaming sunset photos…nakaka relax talaga panoorin ang sunset
    bawat sunset iba-iba, pati ang mga istorya nito 🙂

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    1. oh yes! para siyang cocaine sa mata. hehe

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      1. aysabaw says:

        Kaya nga at hindi nakakasawang tingnan

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  2. Boots says:

    We surely can’t take for granted the things we see everyday. I used to love watching the ducks during my walk and observing them for hours 😊

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    1. Yes, Boots. We can’t. I can’t. I really enjoy watching anything nature spectacle from swaying of the trees’ branches or dandelions to birds flying from one roof to another. Simple things but they keep me sane.

      I hope you have an alternative by this time. I’m referring to your ducks watching.

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      1. Boots says:

        Sony, my dog has kept me away from other creatures lol! He’s always needing my attention but he also kept me sane 🙂

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      2. What the name of the lucky fella? I had one before and I know how adorable to have one.

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      3. Boots says:

        His name is Tenzin, named after a character in a video game my younger son played. And I was ok with it because the first Sherpa to climb Everest is Tenzing Norgay.

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  3. I’m fascinated with your writing Sony! ang galing tlga. All sunset photos here are beautiful but I personally like the one in Nofa resorts and yung sa exit 7! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the compliment, Nina. That means a lot to me!

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  4. Beth says:

    Beautiful sunsets!!! Wow! I like them all. I wished I took them. I particularly like the Nofa Resort and the one with the couple standing rigidly 🙂 Keep it up! Keep inspiring us. ❤️

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    1. Sony says:

      Thank you for the compliment, Nina. That means a lot to me!

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    2. Sony says:

      Hello, Beth. Your kind words inspire me as always. Regards to your beautiful family!

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