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Introduction

Riyadh , K.S.A.

Riyadh , K.S.A.

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Riyadh (الرياض) is the capital and largest city in Saudi Arabia and is located in the central part of the country on a high plateau. It has about 4.7 million inhabitants and people have been living in this relatively fertile area in the desert since over 1,500 years. The city has seen massive growth in population and 20 years ago the city had only about a third of the amount of people living within its boundaries compared to the present situation. Nowadays, it is a busy commercial city and the economical heart of the country, despite its location far away from most other populated coastal areas. Very few travellers visit the city, as most foreigners are here on a business visit or are working in some of the industries of the country.

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Sights and Activities

  • King Fahd Road, the busy commercial centre
  • Kingdom Centre (the bottle opener), the highest skyscraper and famous landmark
  • Al Faisaliyah Center/Tower: the first skyscraper in the country.

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Weather

Because of its elevation, temperatures are somewhat lower than other parts of the desert and during the February to April period even some light showers are possible, sometimes with hail! In general though it is a dry and sunny places, with temperatures hitting 45 °C in summer, but with some frost recorded in January every now and then.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max20.3 °C22.7 °C26.7 °C32.9 °C38.9 °C42.2 °C43.4 °C43.1 °C40.3 °C34.8 °C27.6 °C22 °C
Avg Min8.9 °C10.7 °C14.6 °C19.9 °C25.5 °C27.4 °C28.9 °C28.6 °C25.6 °C20.9 °C15.3 °C10.5 °C
Rainfall12.3 mm5.8 mm30.2 mm23.3 mm6.2 mm0 mm0 mm0.3 mm0 mm2.3 mm7.4 mm11.2 mm
Rain Days5.84.110.810.63.900.10.30.11.73.46.5

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Getting There

By Plane

Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport (RUH), located 35 kilometres north of Riyadh receives flights from other places in the country as well as international flights. The main carrier is Saudi Arabian Airlines. There are 3 terminals at King Khalid International Airport. Terminal 1 is used for all international flights, except those operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines, terminal 2 is used by Saudi Arabian Airlines for their international flights and terminal 3 is used for all domestic flights.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Coral Al Hamra RiyadhKing Abdullah Roadhotel-
Coral Gulf HotelKing Abdul Aziz Street Ministries Area (South) Opposite Ministry of Defensehotel-
Coral International Hotel Al KhobarKing Abdullah St Al Khobarhotel-
Coral Olaya Hotel RiyadhOlaya Streethotel-
Coral Plaza Al AhsaKing Fahd Streethotel-
Coral SuliemaniahMousa bin Nossair Road opposite Al-Jazeera Hyperhotel-
CORP Executive Hotel DeiraAl Batha Streethotel-

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Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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