RIYADH

Saudi Ara­bia’s young cap­i­tal is the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of mod­ern busi­ness acu­men and tra­di­tional val­ues

Riyadh Business Travel Guide - - RIYADH - Writer: Phoebe Calver

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.

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