RIYADH

Riyadh

Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom, located in the dry, desert heartland of central Saudi Arabia, derives it’s name from the Arabic word for garden. A blend of the old and new, contemporary Riyadh has maintained its rich heritage while embracing change.  

Riyadh maintains its heritage while managing growth. The old Qasr Al-Hokm, was the seat of government in the heart of Riyadh a little over six decades ago.

When King Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdul Rahman Al-Saud established the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, his capital covered an area of about one square mile with 30,000 inhabitants. In September 1999 the studies indicate that the city covered more than 600 square miles of land and housed 3.4 million people.

Al Masmak

Once the citadel in the heart of old Riyadh, the Masmak Fortress was built around 1865 and extensively renovated in the 1980s. The fort built of dried mud, is the fortress which Abdul-Aziz and his followers captured in 1902 and which begins the history of present-day Saudi Arabia.

The original water well contained within the Masmak Fortress.

Riyadh Water Tower

The city’s landmark.

Al Thumairi Gate

In the center of Riyadh is an impressive restoration of one of the nine gates which used to lead into the city before the wall was torn down in 1950. 

 

Places for fun and leisure

Riyadh maintains its heritage while managing growth. The old Qasr Al-Hokm, was the seat of government in the heart of Riyadh a little over six decades ago. 
Source: www.saudiembassy.net/publications/magazine-winter-97/riyadh-growth.htm

 

Business district landmarks include the 302m-high Kingdom Centre, with a sky bridge connecting 2 towers, and 267m-high Al Faisaliah Centre, with a glass-globe summit. In the historical Deira district.
Area1,973 km²
Elevation612 m
Weather16°C, Wind SE at 3 km/h, 43% Humidity
Local timeThursday 12:09 AM
Population5.188 million (2010) United Nations
Area code011
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Al Masmak

Once the citadel in the heart of old Riyadh, the Masmak Fortress was built around 1865 and extensively renovated in the 1980s. The fort built of dried mud, is the fortress which Abdul-Aziz and his followers captured in 1902 and which begins the history of present-day Saudi Arabia.

The original water well contained within the Masmak Fortress.

Riyadh Water Tower

The city’s landmark.

Al Thumairi Gate

In the center of Riyadh is an impressive restoration of one of the nine gates which used to lead into the city before the wall was torn down in 1950. 

 

Places for fun and leisure

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