Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia and very popular business destination. The name Riyadh is derived from the Arabic word and the real meaning lies here as it stands for gardens and trees. The population of Riyadh is around 31 million and is situated in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau. Riyadh has the fascinating points to discover, in this city as it can include the interesting and thrilling experience.
Places to Visit
Local Food and Cuisine of Riyadh
Eating out in Riyadh is just the best experience of all time. You will get everything from the luxurious eating to the budget eating. There is small Pakistani restaurant as well as Indian restaurant in Riyadh which will fill up everyone for very little money. There are a lot of places where you will find the fast food court and also shopping malls. There are restaurants which are most expensive and high quality with varied international cuisine.
Famous Food of Riyadh
Shawarma is a very unique and utterly dish which are assembled with Khubus. People like to combine the Shredded Chicken Shawarma along with fries, pickles, and most importantly with garlic sauce. Many families store the Shawarma at their home and have them with soda and fruit cocktail. It’s available in the restaurant as well as on the street also. Shawarma is a simple and comfortable food to eat when you’re hungry.
Kabsah is a dish which symbolises the Saudi’s and is very popular all over the country. They are available at a very low cost nearly about 15SR. In this dish, you can get a kilo’s worth of the cooked rice, a box of pickled veggies and a flavour fully added with half roasted chicken. This pack comes in a plastic roll out, so you need not wash the plate just grab the full pack until you’re not over with it.
During Ramadan season, Sambosa is the best local food on the streets of the Riyadh as well as available on the popular restaurant. They are fried pastries which are made with cheese, meat or vegetables. They are triangular in shape which looks similar to spring rolls.
Arabic food is incomplete without Kebabs. People like to eat Lamb Kebab to Shish Tawouks, as the slice of this can make your food tastier to eat. You will feel the moistness and tenderness which is a key to grab the kebab anytime. Also, the dry Kebab can be eaten with rice, Khubus or even with a veggie wrap.
Felafel is a kind of mainstream dish similar like Shawarma and Kebabs which are popular among all dishes available. Saudi’s are having Felafel as their breakfast items. It is like munchies which add ground chickpeas, fava beans and spices rolled up with ball shapes and deep fried to give them the perfect shape. Some of them eat directly and some make them half and eat up like a sandwich.
Restaurants in Riyadh
It’s a romantic restaurant with a beautiful music and ambience. The Food services are done in very professional and pleasant way. There is also an outdoor Tortellini table near the poolside Caesar where salad and chicken curry is prepared to live, watching this is very fantastic.
Timing: Sat-Fri: 12 PM - 3 PM | 9 PM - 11 PM
Estimated Price: 200 SR
Cuisines: International vegetarian Menu
Features: Family Section, Fine Dining, Outdoor Seating, Single Section
Mirage Chinese Restaurant
It’s a great Chinese Restaurant with some nice decorations, huge menu, and delicious food. There are varieties of food available and the friendly services. It looks amazing when your food is presented in an innovative way.
Timing: 1 PM – 12 AM
Estimated Price: 100 SR
Features: Family Section, Single Section
It is one of the top restaurants in the city which comes with full high-end services, perfect ambience food and fine Japanese dining in Riyadh. You’ll definitely love the decorations, music and a fantastic taste of food.
Timing: Sat- Wed 12 PM – 12 AM
Estimated Price: 100 SR
Features: Family Section, Private Dinning, Single Section
Lusin is one of the favourite restaurants for most of the people. It comes with varieties of food with a unique taste. The place is very neat and clean and the staffs are also very friendly. The presentation of the food is just amazing and you will find the distinctive style of service every time you visit.
Timing: 9:30 AM- 11:30 PM
Estimated Price: 250 SR
Features: Breakfast, Family Section, Fine Dining, Outdoor seating, Private Dining and Single Section
Set Al-Sham is the most popular restaurant which offers the high-quality food with attentive and helpful varieties of meals. If you are planning to go with family, it’s a great place to have your food and enjoy it with fun.
Timing: Sat-Fri: 12 PM -12 AM
Estimated Price: 60 SR
Features: Family Section, Single Section
How to Reach Riyadh
Airport is just 19km from the city center
Riyadh by Air
Riyadh by Flight
Get the most detailed information about the Riyadh King International Airport and its flights from booking through online sites. It will show the info about the flights’ Departures, Arrivals and Delays timing, parking, car hire, nearby Riyadh airport hotels, and other details you need to know from Riyadh’s Airport. So plan your trip to Riyadh in flight RUH and enjoy your journey. Some of the readily available flights are Alitalia, Flynas, Saudia Airlines and much more. King Khaled offers non-stop 85 cities flights.
Riyadh King Khalid International Airport located nearly 35 Km north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Also, there are currently 40 airlines uses Riyadh as it is the second largest city after Jeddah Airport. After reaching to Riyadh airport, you can rent a car, hire taxis, and cabs which will take you to reach your destinations. Every week near about 994 domestic flights and 1,057 international flights departs from the King Khalid Airport.
Riyadh by Bus
You can plan your mini trip from Jeddah to Riyadh traveling through road which is approximately 847 km. If you are using your car then it would roughly take 9-10 hours as there are four main routes available, the choice is you’re which ever suits you best. There are many different ways you can reach to Riyadh by road from Dubai, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Khobar, Khafji, Qatar, and Oman.
Jeddah to Riyadh Drive
Timing: 10 hours
Cost: approx. SAR. 63
Jeddah to Riyadh through Bus
Timing: 15 hours
Cost: approx. SAR. 106
Riyadh by Train
What is amazing to see is that Saudi Arabia Railways, you can make an inquiry at the online website of Saudi Railway and can get the information about train departure. The train journey is awesome where you can travel from Dammam-Riyadh via train which is just 4 hours.
Best time to Visit Riyadh
The best time to visit Riyadh is during the winter months from November to March. At this time the climate is most suitable and pleasant. You can explore the city as during these months the temperature is maximum 25 degree Celsius. Riyadh also has the occasional rainfall at this time. During these months, you can explore the various sites and participate in various events like buggy riding and visiting the snow world centre.
Riyadh’s summers are also quite hot and intolerably, as there is hot and dry climate with no rainfall. There is around 50 degree Celsius and on average it remains 45 degrees. On most of the summer days, Riyadh is being hit by the thunderstorms which lead to the cooler evenings. So, it’s advisable not to visit this place during summer.
If you want to avoid the rainfall, then visit Riyadh during the month of April and October. You will get the better prices on accommodations and you’ll surely enjoy your stay at hotels in Riyadh. So, spend your summer evenings with going on a picnic with your friends and family. Summer’s nights are cooler and fun catching.
Visiting Riyadh during the festival time is more something you shouldn’t miss out. There is Annual king’s cup camel race where about 2000 young boys participate in the race. This is a festival where people comes from far away only to enjoy the festival, also the boys are trained in the art of camel riding. Another very important festival is Janadriyah which is held in the month of February. This is the oldest festival which is celebrated every year with fun. Also, shopping in Riyadh during the month of July is all fun as you can have all type of different ranging clothes and accessories to electronics.
Best Months to Visit Riyadh
- ·September to March
Worst Months to visit Riyadh
- April to October
Where To Stay
About Hotels in Riyadh
Riyadh provides a huge range of Hotels to stay for all kinds of travelers. You will find here from cheap, budget lodges to the most luxurious hotels. The best luxurious hotels around the world like Le Meridien, Sofitel and Radisson can be found here. There are various budget hotels which are located to conveniently reach the attractions in and around Riyadh. These are ideal for the budget travellers.