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A City of Contrasts

Waiting to be Explored

A CITY OF CONTRASTS WAITING TO BE EXPLORED

Filled with hidden gems and distinctive cultural experiences, this capital city is an untouched playground with many a road to take. Quench your thirst for discovery at the Al-Bujairi District or take in the splendour of the Masmak Fort. And finally, follow the path to unwinding at Shaza Riyadh.

MASMAK FORT

Built around 1865 by the prince of Riyadh, Abdulrahman ibn Sulaiman ibn Dabaan, under the reign of Mohammed ibn Abdullah ibn Rasheed (1289–1315 AH), the ruler of Ha'il to the north, who had wrestled control of the city from the rival empire, local clan of Al Saud, the building was successfully captured from its Rashid garrison by the young Amir Abdul-Aziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al Saud, who was at the time living in exile in Kuwait, in 1902.

NATIONAL MUSEUM

Inspired by the form and colours of the Red Sands, the museum was part of the Murabba' Development Plan to refurbish the area surrounding the old Murabba' Palace district for the Centennial Celebrations in Saudi Arabia. The concept for the didactic design of the exhibitions is somewhat different from the traditional approach of classic museums – there is less emphasis on individual exhibits displayed out of their cultural context as objects of great value.

AL-BUJAIRI DISTRICT

With a unique architectural style inspired by the vast palm plantations on the banks of the Wadi Hanifa, and overlooking the historic UNESCO site, the Turaif District, this area presents visitors with an abundance of restaurants, cafés, artisan shops, and souvenir stores.

KING FAHAD NATIONAL LIBRARY

Established in 1990, the library plays a fundamental role in the contribution and publication of research, studies and information services. The library also publishes a semi-annual journal, the King Fahad National Library Journal.

NATIONAL MUSEUM

Filled with large date trees and ample open space, the King Abdullah Park is the perfect setting to unwind in. The park also hosts a splendorous fountain show and comes alive at night with its bright lights and inviting atmosphere.