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IHG has six Riyadh hotels to choose from in and around this lively city. A former desert outpost, this dynamic slice of Saudi Arabia is now a fast growing super city with an ever booming population.
As the country’s capital, it is a prominent financial and administrative centre full of contrasts. Distinctively modern corporate towers glisten above the barren desert landscape. Luxury sports cars speed along the streets whilst elsewhere citizens hurry along to prayer. Elaborate hotels and indulgent restaurants ooze extravagance amidst an atmosphere of caution and conservatism.
Cultural delights abound in Riyadh, with the National Museum offering an informative introduction to Arabian history, art, crafts and even a full-scale reconstruction of a Nabataean tomb. There are also previews of some of the areas main attractions, which prove particularly useful if you have limited time in the city. The Murabba Palace is an impressive white washed homage to King Abdul Aziz which was built in the 1940s, whilst the Masmak Fortress dates back to the 1800s and is a significant historical monument in the city.
The Al-Faisaliah Tower is an infamous landmark punctuated by a glass globe at the tip. The tower features the Sky Shopping Mall as well as a selection of exclusive restaurants, offices, apartments and an impressive viewing platform. For a more typical shopping experience, the Souq al-Thumairi in the Al-Dira area features winding lanes where shops offer an array of goods ranging from coffee pots to daggers and jewels.
Get a flavour of the local cuisine at the Najd Village, where incense fills the air and local people gather to eat and chat. Serving Saudi food in an authentically Saudi environment, this unique dining spot is a great place to sample dishes such as baby camel, known as Hashi, or meat with rice.
Whether you have chosen this exotic destination for business or pleasure, stay in one of IHG’s hotels in Riyadh and you can be sure of comfortable, quality accommodation. Book your break in an IHG hotel today and you can also be sure of a great price.
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