About Riyadh


Let's have a look around into background of Riyadh
  • Country: Saudi Arabia
  • Province: Riyadh
  • Latitude: 24.6408333
  • Longitude: 46.7727778
  • Time zone:   Asia/Riyadh
  • Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT +3 hours

Weather in Riyadh

  • Climate:  hot desert climate
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May

Location

Riyadh is the capital and most populous city of Saudi Arabia. It is also the capital of The Province of Riyadh.

Distance from Riyadh center to Airport

King Khalid International Airport is located 35 km north of Riyadh

  • Driving Distance: 27 miles / 43 km
  • Driving Time: 33 Minute
  • Languages: Arabic.

Modes of transport

  • Airport: King Khalid International Airport is located 35 km north of Riyadh
  • Rail: Riyadh railway station.
  • Road: Bus – Saudi Public Transport Company   Taxi – Easy Taxi Riyadh

Customs and Tipping

  • For Restaurants and Bars:

10 – 15 %.

  • For Hotels:

It is common that you tip $1 and $2 for the porter, and to leave $2 per day, for the housekeeper

  • Taxi Driver:

10%.

Nearby Tourist Cities

  • Al-Kharj,
  • Dhahran,
  • Safwah

Emergency Contact Numbers in Riyadh city

  • Fire / Police/ Ambulance: +966 11 476 337 (Al Malaz Police Station)
  • Railroad: N.A. (Riyadh railway station)
  • Cab: +966 11 284 8001 (Easy Taxi Riyadh)
  • Airport: +966 9200 02016 (King Khalid International Airport)
  • Hospital: +966 11 268 5555(Saudi German Hospital)

Events

Let’s step into extensive list of To Dos in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • Riyadh Motor Show 
  • International Coffee & Chocolate Exhibition
  • Jewellery Salon

Tourist Attractions

  • The Royal Saudi Air Force Museum or Saqr Al-Jazira
  • The Murabba Palace
  • The Masmak

Visit Top Restaurants in Riyadh

  • Al Orjouan
  • Spazio Restaurant
  • Assaraya Turkish Restaurant

Top Shopping Centers in Riyadh

  • Riyadh Gallery Mall
  • Sahara Plaza
  • Khurais Mall

Museums, Galleries and Gardens

  • National Museum of Saudi Arabia
  • Saqr Aljazeera Aviation Museum
  • Riyadh Museum for History and Archaeology

Iconic Delicacies of Iconic Restros

  • Mediterrenian-Al Orjouan
  • Lebanese-Lusin

Sports Club

  • Riyadh Sport Club
  • SEC Sports Club
  • Country Club Fitness - Riyadh

Shelling Out Dollars

  • Rent Per Month

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant- 18.00 ?

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course - 100.00 ? ?

McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) - 20.00 ?

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) - 3.00 ?

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)- 3.00 ?

 

Transportation

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)- 10.00 ?

Taxi 1hourWaiting (Normal Tariff)- 45.00 ?

 

Information about Kabul

Nearby Tourist Cities

  • Bagrami,
  • Gardan Diwal,
  • Ghazni

Modes of transport

  • Airport: Hamid Karzai International Airport -  Previously named Kabul International Airport and locally known as Khwaja Rawash Airport is now called Hamid Karzai Airport. Although it continues to be officially known by some airlines as Kabul International Airport. It is located 5 Km away from the city center of Kabul and is the nation’s main international airport.
  • Mazar-i-Sharif international Airport is a 15 minutes drive by taxi to the center of the city.
  • Kandahar International Airport serves the southern part of the country and is the nations 2nd main airport
  • Herat International Airport is the nation’s 3rd largest commercial airport located close to Guzara district of the Heart Province.
  • In total there are 48 airports in Afganistan.
  • Road and transport are limited. People use bus as the main means of transport and even trucks and lorries.
  • Bus: Mercedes-Benz coach buses

Airport

Airport:  Kabul International Airport

Driving Distance: 5 miles / 8 km

Driving Time: 8 minutes, 29 seconds

Languages: Dari

Customs and Tipping

Islam is practiced majorly and its obligatory for Muslims to pray 5 times a day, Friday being the holy day and during the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Foreigners are exempt from fasting however eating, drinking, smoking and chewing gum in public is prohibited.

Women and men will never shake hands let alone speak directly. Ladies should avoid looking into men’s eyes and walk down the street to maintain their reputation. Women should also dress appropriately to avoid unwanted attention, head scarfs are advisable to be worn.

For Restaurants and Bars:

  • Waitress and Bartender – 10% – 15 % of the Bill.

For Hotels:

  • Room Service: no tipping 
  • Housekeeper: no tipping 
  • Concierge: Between no tipping 

Valet Parking:

  • Parking or Returning Car: 10% – 15 % of the Bill.
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