Make yourself at home in our Holiday Inn® hotels in , an opulent oasis in the , where sleek architecture shares tree-lined streets with ancient mosques.
Two futuristic skyscrapers serve as landmarks in the bustling Olaya District, the city’s commercial heart near our hotels in . The top of Al Faisaliah Tower comes to a point over a giant golden orb, and the upside-down arch atop the gleaming silver lights up the night sky with rotating colors. The citywide views from ’s 99th-floor will take your breath away. For an overview of Arabian history, religion and culture, check out the artifacts and life-size dioramas at the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, near our hotels in the Al Murabba district. Striped hyenas, giraffes and orangutans make their home at the Riyadh Zoo; Thursday and Friday are family days at the zoo, located in the Malaz District.
Get an early morning start from our hotels in before the heat of the day sets in, when the evening chill still lingers in the desert air. The Islamic call to prayer rings through the streets. Hail a white taxi and head to the oldest part of the city and the colorful market stalls at Dira Souk to haggle over hand-woven carpets and Arabic antiques. If you’re in the market for pearls, spices and Bedouin jewelry, stop in at the stalls in nearby Falcon Souk. Fill up with delicious curry at Indian or Pakistani eateries throughout the city, or head to the Olaya District for more cosmopolitan fare.
Book a room at our Holiday Inn Riyadh hotels in winter for traditional sword dances, children’s games and camel races at the Al Janadriya Festival. Visit any time to soak up the Arabic culture in this sun-soaked metropolis.