Discover Riyadh

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Riyadh is the quiet country capital and home of the Saud family. Once a dusty city surrounded by palm groves and fertile valleys, it was recaptured by King Abdul-Aziz in the year 1902, and soon bloomed into an ultra-industrialized metropolis. Riyadh is lined with beautiful shopping districts and lustrous offices and the two famous towers which serve as orientation points but Riyadh’s best sights are indoors: museums and shopping malls reign, restaurants are abundant and hotels in the city are some of the best throughout the country. In its’ own special way, Riyadh is the heart of the country, sticking as closely as possible to the laws and ideologies that birthed the country in the first place.

location

ruler

Head of Region: Prince Faisal Bin Bandar

populationRiyadh population: 5.7 million & the largest in KSA

occupiedInhabited Area: 2,815 sq. km – Largest urban center in Riyadh Province

languageOfficial Language: Arabic – English is the second language


 Facts & Figures


HEAD OF STATE: King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

CROWN PRINCE: 

Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz al-Saud


REGIONS:

Western Hijaz region: Al- Baha, Tabuk, Madinah, Makkah

Central Najd region: Ha’il, Qassim, Riyadh

Northern region: Northern Borders, Jawf

Southern region: Jizan, Asir, Najran

Eastern region: Al-Sharqiyah

Capital city: Riyadh

MAJOR CITIES: Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:

National Day: September 23rd

Eid Al Adha: According to the Lunar Calendar

Eid Al Fitr: According to the Lunar Calendar

Janadriyah National Festival: Usually held around late February/early March

Jeddah Festival: Held in the month of June

Riyadh Book Fair: Held in March

RELIGION: Islam


INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS:

Dammam: King Fahd International Airport

Jeddah: King AbdulAziz International Aiport

Riyadh: King Khalid International Airport

Madeena: Prince Mohammad bin AbdulAziz Airport

Al Hofuf, Al Ahsa: Al Ahsa International Airport

Yanbu: Prince Abdul Mohsin bin AbdulAziz Airport


MAJOR NEWSPAPERS:

Okaz, Al-Watan, Arab News, Saudi Gazette

CURRENCY: Saudi Riyal

1 riyal = 100 halala

1 USD =3.75 riyals (pegged since 1984)


TIME ZONE: GMT+3


COUNTRY CODE: +966

CITY CODES:

Riyadh: 011

Jeddah and Makkah: 012

Dammam, Dhahran, Al-Khobar                               and Jubail: 013

Madeena and Yanbu: 014

Abha and Najran: 017


transcarTransportation:

Air: Saudi Arabian Airlines – Nas Airlines

Land: Bus: SAPTCO: National Bus Company offering transportation between most Saudi cities.

Inside the City: Taxis and chauffeur companies.

Railroad: Only one passenger train service between Riyadh and Dammam.

 

telecomTelephone, Mobile and Internet:

STC: www.stc.com

Mobily: www.mobily.com

Zain: www.zain.com

Virgin: www.virginmobileme.com

To block commercial sms for STC users:

Call 8002444455 (toll-free, 24 hours, Sunday-Thursday)

Internet Service Providers:

Different internet service packages (DSL, Fiber Optics and Plug-n-Surf options, available from STC, Mobily and Zain.

radioRadio Stations:

Station

Rotana

Quran

Jeddah Radio

AFN

Panorama

MBC FM

Mix FM

Alif Alif

FM Channel

88.0

89.9

92.6

93.7

102.0

103.9

105.5

101.0

Type

Arabic Pop

Religious

National News

Western Music

Arabic Pop

Khaliji Music

Western + Arabic

Arabic Mix