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Five Places worth the Visit in Riyadh – Charming Places of the Capital of Saudi Arabia!

The largest city on the Arabian Peninsula, Riyadh also plays a major role in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as its capital city. Boasting a population of over seven million, it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Riyadh has many attractions that kindle the interest of its visitors.

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Riyadh National Zoo

Located 37 kilometres away from King Khalid Airport, the Riyadh National Zoo is a must-visit for anyone who is in the city. Established in the year 1987, this zoo lies adjacent to many expatriate's flats in Riyadh the likes of Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh. Sprawled over a scenic landscape of 55 acres, this zoo houses a myriad of exotic animals from amphibians and reptiles to mesmerising bird and insect species to fascinating mammals such as Bengal tigers and elephants. Animal lovers and those who travel with children would definitely find a visit to this fabulous zoo worthwhile.

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Al Faisaliya Tower

One of the top-notch tourist hotspots in Riyadh, Al Faisaliya Tower is famous for its curvy pyramid-like design and the massive glass ball that is near the summit, which is called "The Globe." A premier restaurant in the whole of Saudi Arabia, The Globe offers panoramic views of the surrounding vistas. This spectacular construction was undertaken by the Bin Laden construction company, which was completed in 2000. It is among the first few skyscrapers that grazed the landscape of Riyadh. This 267-metre high architectural marvel of Riyadh houses exclusive restaurants, apartments, and office spaces. Al Faisaliya Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the world.

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King Abulaziz Historical Centre

Located near the National Museum of Riyadh, King Abulaziz Historical Centre is considered one of the most-visited tourist destinations in Riyadh. It sprawls over a humongous area that showcases a multitude of exhibits covering various fascinating topics like the history of Islam and the Arab civilisations. If you're someone who is captivated by the history and related facts, this place is a must-visit.

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Masmak Fort

Located in the heart of Riyadh, the Masmak Fort is an iconic landmark, which thrives on its historical significance. It was built in 1865 by Prince Abdulrahman Bin Dabban. With its thick walls made of clay and mud-brick holding four watchtowers, the fort has played an important role in recapturing the kingdom back from its enemies. The Masmak Fort has a palm-tree gate that towers from a height of 3.65 metres. One can see that the mosque of the fort is painted with taramic and ethel wood. This fort underwent a complete refurbishment in the early 1980s, which eventually became a part of the historical centre of King Abulaziz. Nowadays, one can expect to see a museum that showcases many cultural artefacts, weapons, and ancient costumes that were used in the past by the natives of Riyadh.

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Wadi Hanifa

The South of Riyadh hides a truly beautiful gem in its depths called the Wadi Hanifa, one of the largest parks of the country. It is spread over many a mile in length, encompassing a mélange of breathtaking sceneries. In the olden days, the rain had frequented this region and resulted in this strikingly beautiful flow of water, which spreads in an area of over 4000 square kilometres. Apart from that, Wadi Hanifa is also peppered with a variety of plants and trees that makes this region all the more beautiful. Nature lovers certainly shouldn't miss out on this stunningly beautiful sight!

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