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Crowne Plaza Riyadh Minhal

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Must See

The Diplomatic Quarter offers natural and cultural attractions within a self-contained recreational landscape. You can walk or cycle to the beautiful Wadi Hanifa, stroll in manicured parks and gardens and shop or dine in upmarket international plazas.

What's New

Riyadh's modern skyline is the perfect showcase for an architectural marvel. New skyscrapers are rising as the city continues to grow. While staying true to its rich cultural heritage, Riyadh continues to adapt a more contemporary feel attracting millions of travel enthusiasts and business travelers with city-wide events and entertainment seasons throughout the year.

Tips

Due to its desert climate, Riyadh is subject to extreme seasonal temperatures, with summer highs reaching 48 degrees Celsius. If you are required to wear a business suit, we recommend that you stay hydrated and within range of air-conditioning during summer. Similarly, during the winter, the temperature tends to drop down drastically, so it is recommended that you pack your winter clothes.

Must Do

Riyadh is a shopper's paradise. From top-name brand stores in the modern Sahara, Hayat and Al Qasr malls to the traditional souks of Deira and Al Owais, you can find all the latest designer goods and haggle over truly unique and antique local artifacts.

Don't Go Home Without

Exploring the desert. You can pound across the dunes of the Thumama in a quad bike or find boundless calm in its sublimely desolate vastness. Hike the rust-red Sha'ib Luha valley, where the sweetly fragrant acacia trees bow above glass-green pools.

Things To Do

Things To Do

Diriyah Historical City

PHMG+C84, Al Traif, Ad Diriyah, Riyadh 13711

Widely regarded as the birthplace of the first Saudi state, Diriyah Historical City was designated a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2010. Once a powerhouse of culture and commerce and the original seat of power for the kingdom’s Al Saud family, in 1745, the city was named the country’s capital. It offers a mesmerizing glimpse into traditional life in Saudi Arabia, and the stories that are shaping its future. Please coordinate with our Front Desk for the visiting hours.

Al Murabba Palace

2722 الملك سعود, المربع, الرياض, Riyadh 12631

The former home and court of King Abdul Aziz, founder of modern Saudi Arabia from 1938 till 1953, Al Murabba palace is built in the traditional Najdean style. Ushering a a new era of prosperity the palace is a monumental architectural marvel. Apart from a wander in the green gardens that span across, a rich exhibition of memorabilia awaits inside the Palace for all enthusiasts visiting. Please coordinate with our Front Desk for the visiting hours.

Masmak fort

6937, Al Thumairi St, 3153, Riyadh 12634

A favorite among tourists wanting to step back in time and explore Saudi Arabia’s roots, "Al Masmak" means a high, strong and thick building. Since its capture in 1902 by a returning King Abdulaziz Al Saud from his exile in Kuwait, it homed the conquests and unification the different kingdoms and provinces that make up the Saudi nation as we know it today. Brace yourselves for a fascinating exhibition of history. Right next to the fortress is the Souq Al Zal to take home an inspiring souvenir.

Royal Saudi Air Force Aviation Museum

Eastern Ring Rd, King Abdullah Dt., 10 مخرج, Riyadh 12451

Presenting the history of the Royal Saudi Air Force from its establishment in the 1920s to the present day, this Aviation Museum in Riyadh comprises an outdoor static park and a large and modern indoor museum exhibiting on the history of the RSAF, aircraft engines and weaponry, uniforms, insignia and decorations and a special display on Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Saudi in space. Please coordinate with our Front Desk team for the opening hours.

Al Janadriyah

XR42+6FJ, الرياض, Riyadh 13638

Renowned for its cultural and heritage festival held each year from the 3rd week of February until mid March it is widely regarded as the top Arab festival that showcases the local heritage of all Arabian Peninsula regions as well as the Saudi Arabian heritage. Activities include a camel race, performance of local music and dancing of the Ardah and the Mizmar. With free entrance to the public, timings for family visits need to be respected. For visits, please coordinate with our Front Desk.

Riyadh Zoo

Mosab Ibn Umair St, Al Ahsa, Riyadh 12831

Also known as AlMalaz Zoo, Riyadh Zoo is one of the top tourist destinations to be visited by families and tourists and is home to more than 1,500 animals of around 196 different species, including endangered ones. Covering an area of 55 acres, it is the largest and one of the oldest zoos in the Kingdom.

King Abdullah Park

Al Ameen Abdullah Al Ali Al Naeem St, Al Malaz, Riyadh, Central 12836

A haven for families and individuals seeking for a casual stroll or an afternoon jog, King Abdullah Park is a large city park with a 12-meter-wide pedestrian pathway wrapped around the beautifully landscaped hills and greenery. Catering to families it harbors several children’s playgrounds, sports areas, special shaded areas and the big restaurant within the grounds, the park literally is a breath of fresh air.