Saudi Arabia’s young capital is the perfect combination of modern business acumen and traditional values
Riyadh (‘The Garden’) has come a long way since its days as a stopping point along the desert trading routes, now one of the wealthiest cities in the world and the Kingdom’s financial and political capital.
Ruled by strict adherences to sensibilities recognised the world over, Riyadh provides the perfect setting for a business traveller; by combining modern westernisation with traditional Saudi values.
Due to its location in the middle of the country, the city is prone to some of Saudi Arabia’s most extreme climates. The summer season will often bring temperatures of more than 50°C, along with bone-dry conditions that can shroud the city in dust, while winter can see the temperature drop to just above zero. Although you will have to endure the blazing heat in between a busy schedule, a saving grace is the lack of humidity in the air, with summer evenings occasionally bringing about a cooling breeze while you enjoy your free time.
Riyadh provides the perfect demonstration of modern Saudi contradiction; for the eager business traveller its sparkling modernity, juxtapositioned against the conservative traditions to provide both an enticing and intriguing backdrop to your travels.
When you incorporate the fine dining, excellent hotels and the rare sights that you would expect from a city rich in history, Riyadh is not only the perfect business hub but also a captivating place to explore.