Riyadh travel guide – Sightseeing

Riyadh, the capital of the Saudi Arabia, is considered as one of the most modern cities of the Middle East. There are many touristic sites that you will enjoy during your stay.

Below are the most recommended places in Riyadh

National Museum

A big museum with an attractive modern style. The building itself is eye-catching and makes you want to see what’s inside as the outside is charming.

The museum exhibits, in an amazing way, the Arabs’ history as well as culture and arts. There are eight sections displayed chronologically from the pre-Islamic era to the old KSA.


Adults: $2.6

Students and children enter for free.

Opening hours:

Men and schools: From 9am to noon on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and  From 3.30pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday.

Women and schools: From 9am to noon on Tuesday.

Families: 3.30-9.30pm on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


Al Faisaliyah Center

It’s a beautiful building that has a special architecture. It contains a very nice mall with known brand shops. There is a park for kids, where you can let them have fun and enjoy your shopping. The center includes restaurants and coffees with high level services. Everything is cheerful from the people who work there to the way the building is decorated.

In order to enjoy the magnificent view, you should go to the viewing platform and contemplate the whole city from the globe view point.


Admission: $12

Viewing platform: Adult/family $10.5/$13

Opening hours:

From 10 am to midnight

Viewing platform: From 10 am to 11.30 pm Saturday-Thursday and From noon to 11.30pm on Friday


Masmak Citadel

It’s a very important historical landmark in Riyadh. It displays many items related to Saudi history like old weapons and clothes. It has a unique characteristic as it’s considered as the first print of the modernity in Riyadh. The museum is still an antique architecture from the outside, but the inside has been renewed.

You should also visit the ruins in area surrounding the Citadel and go to the souk as well to buy some souvenirs and gifts.

The entrance is free.

Kingdom Centre Tower

The tower is one of the most attractive landmarks in the Arabic countries. You can’t go to Riyadh without visiting the Kingdom center tower and taking a lot of pictures there.

There are varied restaurants: Fast food, sea food, French food, Italian, Indian, Asian, and Oriental. Also, you should go to the top floor or buy tickets to the bridge and enjoy the view especially by night.

It would be perfect if you try the sky restaurant where you can enjoy both the delicious food and lovely view.


Riyadh Gallery Mall

The mall is very unique and beautiful. The forest theme, that the decoration was based on, makes you feel like you are shopping at the jungle and not in an ordinary mall, especially with the small river flowing inside the mall. There are all kinds of shops including famous brands, so you can get all you want with whatever budget you have.

For those who like fun and pleasure,  there are many attractions in Riyadh among them, those are the best directions for kids, families, youth, and even grown ups

Zoo: Where you can see different animals, take pictures and spend a lovely day.

Opening Time:

  • Monday: From 9 am to 12 pm and from 1pm to 6 pm entrance is only for women and kids up to 9 years old
  • Tuesday: From 9 am to 12 pm
  •  Entrance only for men and kids up to 9 years
  •  From 1pm to 6 pm  only entrance for family
  • Wednesday: From 9 am to 12 pm  only entrance for women and kids up to 9 year
  •  From 1pm to 6 pm only entrance for family
  • Thursday and Friday: From 9 am to 6 pm only entrance for family
  • Saturday: The zoo is closed
  • Sunday: From  9 am to 1 pm and from 2pm to 6 pm only entrance for men and kids up to 9 years

Kids older than 9 are regarded as adults


King Abdullah Park: very huge, clean and nice place where you will be surrounded by the greenness of beautiful gardens.

Visits Timing:

Monday and Wednesday: Only men

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: Only families

Sunday: Closed for maintenance

1st Paintball: For those who like paintball game or haven’t try it yet, 1st paintball is the best place in Riyadh to have as much fun as you can imagine.

Women are not allowed in the site

Kids under 12 years old are not allowed to play


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