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Arriyadh is the nation's legislative, financial administrative, diplomatic and commercial center. It is the location for foreign embassies, universities, banks and corporate headquarters. It is the capital of Saudi Arabia. Arriyadh is a particularly youthful city, with half the population under 20 years of age. The land around it, however, is old. In a region where tradition, modernity and globalization converge, Arriyadh is the focal point of the Middle East's largest economy. Arriyadh is an international business hub where you can experience contrasting lifestyles in a traditional Islamic environment

Its vibrant globalized environment features: world class buildings, shopping, restaurants, historical and cultural sites, nature reserves and all the elements of an old Arab city.


The Kingdom Center

Kingdom Centre in Riyadh is the tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia, somewhat resembling a modern bottle opener. With a height of 303 m (992 ft), it is the 24th tallest building in world. The tower is host to the highest mosque in the world. The Kingdom Centre is owned by Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a prince of the Saudi royal family. It is also the headquarters of his holding company: Kingdom Holding Company. The total cost of the project was 2 billion Saudi Arabian Riyals and the contract was taken by Saudi Arabian El Saif and the Italian Impregilo S.P.A. Kingdom Centre is situated in Al-Urubah Road between King Fahd Road and Olaya Street in the growing business district of Olaya in Riyadh. Kingdom Centre was the winner of the 2002 Emporis Skyscraper Award, selected as the "best skyscraper of the world for design". A three-level shopping center, which also won a major design award, fills the east wing. The large opening is illuminated at night in continuously changing colors. Besides the shopping mall, the Centre includes a Four Seasons Hotel and state-of-the-art apartments. It is possible to go up to the 'skybridge' where there are view of the whole city of Riyadh. The ellipse motif taken from the tower's footprint appears also in the light fixtures, ceiling panels, entrance canopy, wastebins, and furniture. The Shopping Mall contains 170 prestigious stores divided as follows:

Service Floor (-1) 10 Stores
Ground Floor ( 0) 80 Stores
First Floor (+1) 40 Stores
Ladies Floor (+2) 40 Stores

Masmak Citadel

The Masmak (Qasr al-Masmak قصر المصمك ) is a clay and mud-brick fort, with four watch towers and thick walls, founded on stone blocks, lying in the center of Riyadh, in the old quarters. This building played a major part in the kingdom's history, as it was here that the recapture of Riyadh, led by Ibn Saud, occurred on 14 January 1902.

This building was built around 1865 under the reign of Mohammed ibn Abdullah ibn Rasheed (1289-1315 AH), the ruler of Ha'il to the north, who had wrested control of the city from the rival clan of Al Saud. In January 1902 the young Amir Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd al-Rahman ibn Faisal Al Saud, who was at the time living in exile in Kuwait succeeded in capturing the Masmak fortress from its Rashid garrison. The event, which restored Al Saud control over Riyadh, has acquired almost mythical status in the history of Saudi Arabia and has been retold many times, but has as its central theme the heroism and bravery of the future King Abd al-Aziz.

Today the fort is one among several buildings that form the King Abd al-Aziz Historical Centre, a series of restored buildings in Riyadh. Centennial celebrations were held in 1999. It's palm tree gate is of 3.65m high per 2.65m wide. There is an opening on the center of the door, called al-Khokha, which is just big enough for one pass to pass at a time, and is a feature design to enforce the security by allowing people in and out without opening the door. The castle also encloses a mosque and a well. The watch towers are circular and 18m high. The walls are 1.25m thick, pierced with narrow cylindric openings used to fire from inside for defense. The square-base shaped Al-Murabba tower in the center dominates the building.

Riyadh Zoo

 The kingdom's largest zoo, where more than 40 species wander in open spaces throughout the 134,000-square-metre (1,442,000-square-foot) area. Friday now opens for entire family.Generally; boys of 10 or older are considered adults. Adults ticket is Sar. 10 and children is Sar. 5. Opens from 1pm until 6pm. Located on the east side of Al Ihsa Street, is well worth a visit. For more, please click Riyadh Zoo set.

Old Dir'aiyah

Al-Diriyah (Arabic: الدرعية ‎; also spelled Ad-Dir'iyah, Ad-Dar'iyah or Dir'aiyah) is a town in Saudi Arabia located on the northwestern outskirts of the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Diriyah was the original home of the Saudi royal family, and served as the capital of the first Saudi dynasty from 1744 to 1818. Today, the town is the seat of the Diriyah Governorate, which also includes the villages of Uyayna, Jubayla, and Al-Ammariyyah, among others, and is part of Ar Riyad Province.

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