Flights to Riyadh (RUH)

Flights to Riyadh, the beating heart of Saudi Arabia, let you explore a glittering oasis filled with restaurants, hotels, and history.
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

What to do in Riyadh

See the sights with Haya Tours

This tour company, owned and operated by a Saudi woman, organizes activities aimed at expats and visitors. It’s a great way to see the sides of the city that you may not normally have access to or be able to find on your own, such as the date souk and the camel markets.

Haya Tours
4152 Suliman Bin Yaseer Street
Alnozha District

Tee off at Arizona Golf Resort

During the cooler months of winter and spring, there’s nothing quite like hitting the golf course to soak up some sunshine while keeping fit. Arizona Golf Resort has enough facilities to keep the whole family happy, including gorgeous outdoor pools, various sports courts, and a petting zoo.

+966 1 248 4444

Explore Masmak Fortress

This impressive structure made of clay and mud-brick dates back to the mid-1800s. It was renovated in the 1980s, with lots of care taken to preserve its historical features. Look closely at the doorway and you can still see the traces of weapons used to attack the fort, including a spearhead that’s more than a century old.

Al Imam Turki Ibn Abdullah Ibn Muhammad
Ad Dira

Visit the Edge of the World

This is a hugely popular hike in Riyadh, and no wonder: the dramatic landscape of rugged, towering cliffs needs to be seen to be believed. You’ll need a 4x4 to make the journey, and be sure to pack plenty of food and water. It’s best to go in a group.

Sho’ib Al Khumrah Road
Off Route 5762

Visit Ushaiger Heritage Village

Ushaiger Heritage Village, located over 180 km northwest of Riyadh, is one of the oldest mud villages in the Middle East. Named after the nearby red mountain, it has two schools, a marketplace, and many mosques, all surrounded by an oasis and ancient farmlands. The iconic mud buildings are a popular stopping point for pilgrims going for Hajj.

Off Route 50
Near Shaqra

Shop at Granada Mall

Like a lot of cities in the Gulf, Riyadh boasts a number of shopping malls if you’d like to spend part of your trip indulging in some retail therapy. The Granada Mall is a good choice with more than 200 international brands under its roof.

Eastern Ring Road
+96 61 1253 4990

Where to eat in Riyadh

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Set Al Sham (Middle Eastern)

A well-known restaurant in Riyadh, Set Al Sham is popular for its Syrian fountains and private rooms with Egyptian and Lebanese decor. Guests are served a Middle Eastern buffet featuring an assortment of local food. Don’t miss the desserts: umm ali, a nutty bread pudding, and the rose water rice pudding.

Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz
As Sulaymaniyah
+966 11 293 0803

Mirage (Chinese/Taiwanese)

Praised as the best Chinese restaurant in town, Mirage offers a range of delectable dishes, with some Taiwanese influence. Don’t be fooled by the upscale interior, which features aquariums and illuminated ponds—Mirage’s reasonable prices make it accessible to all.

Al Urubah Road
Ar Rahmaniyah
+966 11 483 4127

The Globe (International)

The Globe is Riyadh’s most exclusive restaurant, with an unrivaled scenic view. Perched atop Al Faisaliah Tower in a glassy orb, you’ll be served Arabic and modern European dishes with a French twist. Guests can also relax in the authentic cigar lounge 240 meters above ground.

Al Faisaliah Tower
The Geodesic Orb
King Fahd Road
Al Olaya
+966 11 273 2222

Spazio (Italian fusion)

For a casual dinner with stunning views, book a table at Spazio. The food (based on an Italian-influenced menu) and service at this family-friendly restaurant are excellent. Yet what elevates the experience is the city vista, visible from the 77th floor of the Kingdom Tower.

Kingdom Tower
77th Floor, No. 94
Al Olaya
+966 211 1888

The Najd Village (Saudi Arabian)

Locals appreciate the authentic dishes and traditional atmosphere at the Najd Village, while tourists get a first-hand look at the role of food in Saudi culture. This restaurant harks back to a bygone era: dates hang to dry from the roof while men make chai and qahwa (coffee) over an open fire in a museum-like setting.

At Takhassusi Street
Al Olaya
+966 1 225 0034

Fairouz Garden (Lebanese)

A paradise for those who enjoy Lebanese food, Fairouz Garden serves high-quality tabbouleh, fattoush, hummus, baba ghanoush, kibbeh, and other selections. The restaurant is chic yet relaxed with opulent furnishings, soft lighting, and a large fountain. Try and claim a seat on the terrace for views of the Kingdom Centre.

Wadi Hanifa
Al Olaya
+966 11 216 7171

Places to stay in Riyadh

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Al Faisaliah Hotel

Located in Al Olaya, the city’s business district, this luxury hotel boasts four restaurants and a 24-hour butler service. Guest suites at Al Faisaliah Hotel are equipped with state-of-the-art televisions and touch-screen controls for lights and curtains. The renowned Globe Restaurant on the top floor even has its own cigar lounge.

King Fahd Road
Al Olaya
+966 11 273 2000

Al Waha Palace Hotel

Al Waha Palace Hotel is often heralded as one of the best hotels in Riyadh. Encircled by shopping malls, government offices, and ministries, it is the ultimate accommodation for business and leisure visitors to the Saudi capital. Each of the 73 suites is finished to a luxury standard and complemented by the exclusive VIP floor, fitness center, and swimming pool.

6 Wadi Aldawasir Street
Al Olaya
+966 11 461 2288

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh

The five-star Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh is not only one of the best luxury hotels in the city, it’s also housed in the impressive Kingdom Tower, an iconic skyscraper in Saudi Arabia and an attraction in itself. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a luxury spa, and a women-only floor.

Kingdom Centre
Al Urubah Road
+966 11 211 5000

Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel

This boutique property in Riyadh is one of the Kingdom’s smallest luxury hotels, but don’t let its size fool you. Just a short drive from Kingdom Centre and Al Malaka Mall, Al Mashreq has an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a spa. Suites overlook tropical gardens.

Al Urubah Road
+966 11 283 4777

Al Hamra Palace Hotel

This four-star hotel is situated in the King Fahd District, 10 km from the center of Riyadh, in the city’s main commercial zone. The suites are modern and light, and many boast floor-to-ceiling windows offering beautiful views. You also get access to a fitness center, swimming pool, and spa.

King Abdullah Road
King Fahd District
+966 11 229 0044

The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh

From its ornate facade to its impeccably maintained rooms, you know you can expect a certain level of luxury from the Ritz-Carlton name. There are nearly 500 rooms and suites to choose from, and the facilities include a gentleman’s spa, a heated indoor swimming pool, and an exclusive club lounge.

Al Hada
+966 11 802 8020

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