Know the City and Venue

Riyadh

Riyadh is a sprawling city of 6.5 million, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and a major financial and administrative center of the Saudi Arabia. You'll find it a busy and very modern place, with much to offer the curious traveler. Popular Neighborhoods in Riyadh include:

  • Al-Murabba - this district is where you'll find the King Abdulaziz Historical Center, which includes the National Museum of Riyadh and Murabba Palace.
  • Al-Bathaa - this neighborhood is home to budget-priced shopping and dining options, and it's the hub of the city's minibus system if you're feeling adventurous.
  • Olaya and Sulaimaniyah - these two areas are the heart of the city's business district; here you'll find upscale hotels and restaurants.

The Kingdom Centre is a skyscraper worth a day's visit on its own and includes a shopping mall and the stunning Skybridge on the 99th floor that connects the two towers of the building. There are several golf courses within a half hour's drive of the city, including the Dirab Golf & Country Club. Explore the desert dunes that surround the city in an ATV rental for a bout of dune bashing. The city offers a wide selection of restaurants for food lovers, from cheap to fine dining, including classic Saudi and Middle Eastern cuisine and many Indian and Pakistani options.

About the Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel & Convention Center

The Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel & Convention Center is ideally located in the new information technology area surrounded by corporate offices of multinational companies. It's less than 25 minutes’ drive from King Khalid International Airport.

How to Get to Riyadh

Plane: King Khalid Airport (RUH) is located about 21 miles to the north of Riyadh. Taxi fares vary by zone, and a trip to the central area of the city should cost about SR70 to 90.

Train: There are daily train connections to Dammam, passing through Al-Hofuf and Al-Hasa. Be aware that you will need to arrive a bit early to pass through security.

Car: Highway 40 runs east-west through Riyadh, linking the city with Dammam. The causeway from Bahrain to Al-Khobar connects the city with destinations to the north.

Bus: Riyadh's bus station is located about 10 miles to the south of the downtown area, with connections available to Dammam, Jeddah, or Mecca.

How to Get Around Riyadh

Public Transportation: There is no public transportation in Riyadh as yet. Two subway lines are currently being constructed, with opening scheduled for 2019. There is a minibus system with cheap fares of SR3, but it is somewhat confusing, with no posted stops, and is not usually feasible for tourists.

Taxi: Official taxis are white. Fares start at SR5, with most trips within the city costing SR30 or less.

Car: With limited public transportation, a car rental can be a good way to get around the city. Now, both men and women are permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia. There's a Sixt outlet in town, and a compact rental starts at about SR110.