"Welcome to the MidWest - erm... Middle East" Top 5 Page for this destination Riyadh by baronedivandastad

Riyadh Travel Guide: 526 reviews and 1,048 photos


Yes, if you ignore the traditional arabic dresses and the sometimes cryptical signs Riyadh is more of a midwestern city in the US than the capital of one of the oldest middle eastern countries. Large cars, large buildings, even larger roads, reckless drivers, enormous shopping malls, huge empty spaces outside and, frankly, very little to do. Dallas, Texas? No, welcome to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Welcoming people who usually mind their own business.
  • Cons:It's a bit of a misfit in the Middle East
  • In a nutshell:Go if you like big cars and dislike partying.
  • Last visit to Riyadh: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 30, 2005
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  • Oct 11, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    Saudi Arabia is not one of the oldest middle eastern countries - it's a modern artificial invention dating from 1932 after King AbdulAziz Al Saud reconquered his home town (Riyadh) from arch-rivals, the Al Rashid, then fought, conquered and dominated every other tribe for 1000km in all directions, chasing the Hashemites from Mecca onto the thrones of alien Jordan and Iraq (courtesy of the British). The present King may call himself the 'Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques', but his dynasty has only had that honor for the last 90 years or so.

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    I wanted to post a question but that link was not working. As an American woman traveling alone would there be any feasible way to go to Saudi Arabia? I have been researching online but seem to be running into a lot of dead ends....

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    Apr 11, 2007 at 3:26 AM

    Great Riyadh itroduction!!

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    Jan 5, 2007 at 5:01 AM

    Interessante pagina!

  • Apr 3, 2006 at 8:08 AM

    I ate here yesterday night (April 2, 2006) and if this is the best Indian restaurant in town, look for another kind of cuisine. the palak paneer was leftover from lunch if not last week.

  • 1W1V's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2005 at 12:09 PM

    Thx for your comments. Like your HP. If you pass by Jordan, pls let me know. Allthebest

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    Jun 22, 2005 at 12:10 PM

    Interesting travel page! Greetings from Poland!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2005 at 9:04 AM

    This page is a surprise! Very good and interesting tips, I learned a lot. Haha, I do like both large cars AND partying. Interesting info on terrorism and rains.

  • neilward's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2005 at 7:26 AM

    We used to call the Kingdom Tower..The Bottle Opener....

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    May 9, 2005 at 8:49 AM

    Dropped for a while but got stuck until read everything!Great page and tips, must admit that like your sense of humour! Ps-a friend of mine was offered a job so I asked about riyals on forum.Thanks for a nice comment :-))


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