Since the day I started exploring Riyadh’s nature and architectural wonders, the interest in learning about and seeing more of them did not wane.
Riyadh has redefined my idea of what a modern Muslim city in the desert looks like: unique, stylish, and relevant. Over the years, it has proven its worth as one of the most exciting places to visit or live in spite of religious-related restrictions. From the imposing architectural wonders, amazing desert scenery, tucked away places, crop of gorgeous malls, rich culture, Islamic art, to a variety of world-cuisine restaurants & cafes, there is absolutely a multitude of things to do and see here.
Let these set of pictures and snapshots, which were all mostly taken from “non-mainstream tourist places and landmarks”, on the blog’s Instagram to do the rest of the talking. By talking I meant giving you a million reasons to travel to or love Riyadh. Of course, that is an overstatement or outright hyperbole but mind you, it is yours truly’s idiolect. After all, the modern world has taken the old idiom, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, into a new level. With social media’s help, a photo nowadays could speak a million words through its likes, comments, shares, and reach.
It is high time to highlight the beauty that Riyadh’s ordinary or less talked about places have while the whole Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in the midst of introducing the general public and the world to more open forms of tourism and entertainment.
TUCKED AWAY PLACES
RICH CULTURE & ISLAMIC ART
WORLD-CUISINE RESTAURANTS & CAFES
Without a doubt, Riyadh has a lot to offer when it comes to playgrounds for sightseers, shoppers, foodies, and/or travelers. Of course, do not forget that those photos are just but a glimpse of what Riyadh has to offer as we speak. There are obviously more attractions to come such as the eventual advent of movie theaters and the kingdom’s most ambitious leisure project—giant entertainment city that aims to draw a considerable number of visitors with resorts, golf courses, car racing tracks, and a Six Flags theme park.
Saudi Arabia is gearing up to become a tourism destination (independent.co.uk)
Saudi Arabia To Boost Its Tourism Sector With 2.7B Riyal Investments (forbesmiddleeast.com)
Saudi domestic tourism to rise 40% by 2020 – Construction Week (constructionweekonline.com)
Saudi Arabia to build entertainment city near Riyadh (aljazeera.com)
TRAVEL: Saudi Arabia tourism (washingtontimes.com)
13 really fun places to visit in Riyadh (stepfeed.com)
Why expat life in Saudi Arabia is more fun than you might think (independent.co.uk)
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