The starting point for most visitors when touring Riyadh should be the King AbdulAziz Historical Centre (KAHC), which is considered to be a national landmark in the Saudi Arabia. Having a total area of 3 million square feet, the KAHC has many renovated historical buildings commemorating the founder of the nation, King Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdul Rahman Al-Saud. There is a beautiful landscape of parks and gardens, at the “Museum Park”, which is a must-visit place to relax. The public park covers an area of 318,000 square meters with a green cover of 150,000 square meters. There are five main entrances and houses several gardens, children’s parks, rest areas for families, sports areas, walkways, seating areas, and a restaurant with a total area of 1,700 square meters. The park also has a large man-made lake, a dancing fountain equipped with laser technology, a Saudi flag post that is 37 meters tall, and a building that stands on an area of 1,160 square meters.
There are more than enough outdoor activities and attractions to see in Riyadh. The Kingdom’s capital is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East. A well-rounded trip to this part of the Arab Peninsula should include exploring the country’s historic landmarks, parks, zoo and many cultural scenes.
The National Museum is a great place to explore the historical past, culture and the development of the nation before the discovery of oil and the ensuing oil boom. The museum has a large exhibit on the Hajj, including several artefacts and recovered national antiquities that explain the pre-Islamic period and Prophet Muhammad’s revelation. The King AbdulAziz Public Library and King AbdulAziz Auditorium are other public utilities that offer all mediums of resources on the history of the Arab Peninsula and a venue for hosting conferences and exhibitions, respectively.
To get up close and personal with wildlife of the country, visit the Riyadh National Zoo. The largest among all zoos in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh Zoo has an area of 55 acres that is home to more than 1500 animals of 40 species, both rare and exotic. Located in the Malaz district of Riyadh, this zoo is one of the most-visited attractions of Saudi Arabia.