Start your morning at Al Bustan Restaurant with a sumptuous breakfast while gazing out onto our tropical garden. Then you can test your putting skills by playing a round on our own nine-hole golf course. For greenery of a different kind, take the 10-minute drive to Al Salam Park, where you can stroll among lawns and palm trees surrounding a beautiful man-made lake. From there, head to nearby Al Musmak Fortress, a mud brick citadel dating from 1865 that is now a fascinating historical museum.
Head to the Olaya District, Riyadh's commercial heart and try some authentic local dishes at Najd Village. If you're feeling adventurous, try the traditional Saudi way of dining, which involves squatting on the carpeted floor. After eating, you can shop for designer goods in the district's luxury boutiques or go for a camel ride in nearby Al Thumama Park. Then visit King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre, where you'll find the National Museum of Antiquities and Al Murabba Palace, built in 1934.
If you want to sample local life, head to a traditional café such as Al Shallal and order an Arabic coffee with a shisha, the iconic water pipe also known locally as a "hubbly bubbly." Then browse for Arabian arts and crafts, such as finely worked silverware and hand-woven carpets at the Souk Al-Zal, the oldest market in Riyadh. Back at the hotel you can refresh yourself with a dip in our indoor or outdoor pool, before finishing the day with mouthwatering fusion cuisine at Mondo restaurant.
Al Musmak Fortress
The Al Musmak Fortress is the citadel that Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saud captured in 1902 to regain control of the city. The fort, which dates from 1865, is built of mud bricks, with thick walls and imposing watchtowers. It is now a museum with an interesting collection of artifacts and photographs from a century ago
Dairy production is concentrated around Al-Kharj in the south of Riyadh, where there are an estimated 120,000 head of cattle. Almarai has more than 24,000 cows on what is believed to be the largest dairy farm in the world.
Just outside the capital is the ancient oasis town of Diraiyyah, dating from the 15th century and the spiritual home of the Al-Saud Family. The mud-brick buildings and palaces of ancient Diraiyyah have suffered the ravages of time but an extensive restoration programme is underway. Caves and palm trees abound in this town.
King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre
The new King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre comprises a library, auditorium and the National Museum of Antiquities. Al Murabba Palace is also part of the centre and was built for King Abdul Aziz in 1934. It contains a series of rooms with displays of traditional handicrafts, weapons and furniture.
Saudi Shisha (Ghirac)
Shisha is popularly known as 'hubbly bubbly'. It is a fruit-flavoured tobacco that is smoked using a pipe, served at selected places only.