Why You Should Visit Riyadh
Riyadh has plenty of heritage sites celebrating its rich history and flourishing artistic past, while the city is also very lively and offers plenty in terms of shops and restaurants. One of the most instantly recognizable landmarks once you arrive in the city is the imposing Kingdom Centre which ranks as the second tallest building in the country - if you venture all the way to the top you can walk across the Skybridge 99 floors up. If you plan on exploring the city’s heritage in detail then you will definitely want to visit the excellent National Museum, celebrated as the finest in Riyadh and home to the most extensive collection of artifacts. Riyadh also boasts many excellent modern shopping centers and eating out is one of the favorite pastimes of locals so be sure to sample some of the local restaurants.
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Arriving In Riyadh
King Khalid International Airport is the main airport serving the city located around 35 km away. The airport itself consists of five passenger terminals, although currently only three are operational. You can find a decent range of amenities and services at the airport including cafés and fast food outlets as well as duty-free shopping to keep you occupied. Although most visitors to the city simply choose to hop in a taxi to travel into the city, you can find car rental companies at Riyadh airport if you would rather drive your own vehicle around.
If you are looking to book flights from the UAE to Riyadh there are various options open to you as you can catch flights out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah. If you are coming from Abu Dhabi you can travel with Etihad Airways, Flynas and Saudia, while passengers coming from Dubai can catch flights with Emirates, flydubai, Flynas and Saudia. All airlines from Dubai depart from Dubai International Airport, while Flynas also provides an additional service from Al Maktoum International Airport.
Riyadh Travel Information
UAE nationals won’t have to get a visa in order to travel to Saudi Arabia but you will still need to present a valid national ID card. In Riyadh the weather is hot on a similar level to the UAE so be prepared for plenty of heat. Make sure you set your clocks to local time when your flight has touched down as Riyadh is an hour behind the UAE.
* This information is correct as of September 2017
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