Posted 06 December 2022
The holiday season is synonymous with family time, fun activities, lots of shopping, and a big meal with your loved ones. The season starts with Thanksgiving and ends with New Year. Christmas is one of the main festivals of the holiday season.
Like any other part of the world, Christmas is celebrated in Riyadh too. However, it is not celebrated on a grand level like other western countries but one can celebrate it with their loved ones within the rules and regulations of the country.
However, there are several other reasons why one should visit Riyadh this holiday season. Riyadh is the capital city of Saudi Arabia and the largest city on the Arabian Peninsula. From having a rich heritage to being the financial capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is one of the most visited tourist places in the world.
Its location also adds to the reason why thousands of tourists visit this place annually. Riyadh is situated in the middle of a desert known as an-Nafud. It has the world's best museum and a world heritage site that is a testimony of the story of its origin.
Riyadh is also famous for its sand dunes and food. Other than roaming around the city and appreciating its heritage, one can visit its numerous tourist attractions.
Other than desert safaris and desert tours, tourists can also attend Al-Jinadiriyyah. Al-Jinadiriyyah is one of the major and largest cultural festivals held every year near Riyadh. The event is a testament to Arab national heritage and culture.
This cultural festival is held for two weeks. The major characteristics of the festival are folklore art shows, camel races, and poetry reciting among other cultural events.
The festival is normally celebrated in February or March.
Riyadh Spring Festival is held every year for three months generally from October 15 to December 15. The event is celebrated on a grand level and attracts over 1,50,000 visitors. As the name suggests, the Riyadh Spring Festival celebrates the spring season and nature.
In the festival, visitors can treat their eyes with the visuals of an array of flowers, gardens, ornamental plants, and landscape architecture.Loosen up and mellow out in the beautiful landscape and mesmerizing views of the flowers. It is an ideal place for a family outing.
The Sharqiah Season Festival is one of the major cultural festivals celebrated in Riyadh. The main characteristics of the festival include hosting a range of international artists, film screenings, traditional events, and sporting events.
The event goes on for 10 days. Visitors can explore Saudi Arabia’s heritage and culture during the festival.
The Sharqiah Season Festival also introduces new movies and talents.
Apart from housing the world's best museum, there are other museums in Riyadh that one can visit to know more about the city. Some of the museums in the city are SaqerAljazirah Aviation Museum, Al-Hamdan Museum, and Salwa Palace.
National Museum, located in Riyadh, is the world’s best museum. The main aim of this museum is to show the history of Islam to tourists. It houses 10 galleries and several courtyards. It also has a section in the museum which has fancy cars and other personal items of Saudi Arabia's founding king.
The museum highlights the history of the Royal Saudi Air Force from its inauguration in the 1920s to the present day. The museum boasts of a modern and large indoor museum and an outdoor static park.
The Al-Hamdan Museum is one of the major tourist spots and an important museum of Riyadh. The museum showcases the old Najdi heritage arch-style. It houses antiques and primeval relics belonging to the locals of the Najd region.
It is a private museum with a collection of ancient and assorted heritage pieces and tools. The museum also has a section for traditional old currencies. It is a paradise for car lovers as the museum houses several numbers of modern and vintage cars.
Know about the history of Riyadh by visiting historical places like Al Masmak Fortress, Murabba Palace, and Kingdom Centre Tower.
It is a 99-story skyscraper completed in 2002 and developed by Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. Kingdom Centre Tower holds the rank of being the third-tallest building with a hole in the world.
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Riyadh has a wide range of dining options from budget restaurants to exclusive fine-dining restaurants like The Globe, Elements, and Spazio. Enjoy traditional delicacies at their budget restaurants and luxurious hotels.
The country’s food culture has largely been inspired by neighbouring countries so visitors can gorge on some of the best local and international dishes while in Riyadh. Some of the must try food options in Riyadh are Kabsa, Tamees, Umm Ali, and Falafel among others. If you are in Saudi, never forget to try their dates. Saudi Arabia offers all kinds of dates to sample.
Some of the best dining options near Riyadh airport are Najd Village, Lusin Restaurant, The Globe, and Turkish restaurant Tuǧra.
Tourists can shop from a variety of shopping options in Riyadh from malls to shopping centers. Riyadh Gallery is one such shopping option that tourists must check out in Riyadh.Dheera Souq is considered to be one of the best shopping places in Saudi Arabia. Shoppers will find it their paradise. Visitors who love old art, heritage, and antique should visit this place.
Riyadh is relatively cheaper than other middle-eastern cities. Moreover, shopping in Riyadh is tax-free. Lay your hands on some good high-end and luxury brands and souvenirs from Riyadh including leather goods, Persian rugs, and local jewellery. Electronics are also cheaper in Riyadh.
The culturally rich city has a heritage that explains the origin of the city. Thousand and millions of tourists visit Riyadh to witness its heritage and culture every year.
Riyadh is well connected with most of the cities in Saudi Arabia as well as international cities. King Khalid International Airport is Riyadh’s international airport and is located just a 23-minute drive from the city center.
IndiGo flights offer non-stop and connecting travel to Riyadh from major cities of the country. The frequent IndiGo flights to Riyadh are to New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. Other than providing superlative deals on prices, IndiGo also offers lucrative discounts and deals for the passengers to benefit from.
The holiday season falls in the winter months. Winter is the best season to visit Riyadh as it experiences pleasant weather. The best time to visit Riyadh is from November to March. The temperatures range from 26.6°C to 18.3°C during the coldest months.
Riyadh is scorching during summers. The high temperatures make it impossible for visitors to travel around the city during summers. The hottest summer months are from April to July.