Riyadh is the largest city and the capital of Saudi Arabia. There is less entertainment and the laws and culture of Islam are more prevalent here than in other part of Saudi. The city is built and geared for business with the rest of the world, however, women are required to have a male relative accompany them in to the country, if not their husbands.
One must be conscious of prayer times as many offices will be closed during these times, along with weekends (Fridays & Saturdays). Entry to attractions is often limited to families or just gents, so checking prior to visiting an attraction would be advisable.
The Mamak Fortress is one heritage site that is worth a visit. Open till 9 in the evening at the heart of the city, the fortress has survived since the early 1900s. Renovated in the year 2008, the fortress has regained much of its glory and looks unchanged considering its age. Inside the mud brick fortress is a museum which regales you of stories from its protection against King Abdul Aziz who stormed in to Riyadh in 1902. The Murabba Palace which was built by the great King Abdul Aziz resides next to the fortress, and can also be conveniently visited. The National Museum is also another tourist attraction worth visiting in Riyadh. State of the art, with plenty of English subtitles, there are many mini theatres and highlights that re-tell the story of Saudi and the birth of Islam.
Riyadh Zoo is another place that is worth seeing, especially to get a chance to see some of the local flora and fauna. Situated in Malaz, the zoo is easily accessible from the city and is spread over a 55 acre piece of land which features different terrain. See flamingos gracefully fluffing their feathers, or a white peacock in dance and the chimpanzee at play. The Riyadh Zoo is family centric and is a wonderful way to spend a leisurely afternoon in the city.
Travellers in search of convenient Makkah accommodation will find Raffles Makkah Palace to be the ideal option. Offering a wide range of modern facilities and amenities this Makkah hotel also presents several splendid restaurants to it guests to indulge in.