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Riyadh Business Travel Guide - - BUSINESS TRAVEL -

RIYADH IS a long way from any­where, but luck­ily has ex­cel­lent con­nec­tions by air, with the city’s King Khaled Air­port lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 35 kilo­me­tres north of the city. How­ever, due to the air­port’s lo­ca­tion, it re­mains a no­to­ri­ously te­dious place to get stuck in; so in or­der to avoid run­ning late on your busy sched­ule, en­sure you have planned your route into the city well in ad­vance.

Car­ry­ing valid iden­ti­fi­ca­tion at all times is vi­tally im­por­tant, as you may ex­pe­ri­ence is­sues if you are stopped at any of the city’s check-points.

A taxi ride into the city will take around 30 min­utes in good traf­fic and you can down­load Uber, Easy Taxi and Ca­reem ahead of your trip to book pri­vate taxis. Bear in mind that Riyadh is very much a car-ori­ented city and pub­lic trans­port is un­der­de­vel­oped in com­par­i­son to other pop­u­lar ci­ties.

It is ad­vis­able to carry a map and the phone num­ber of some­one at your des­ti­na­tion when trav­el­ling around the city. Most driv­ers will be fa­mil­iar with the ma­jor lo­cal land­marks, and from that point you will of­ten be ex­pected to know the way to your des­ti­na­tion. Leav­ing your­self a lit­tle ex­tra time when ne­go­ti­at­ing Riyadh is def­i­nitely worth­while.

If you find your­self with ex­tra time in be­tween meet­ings and are feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous, walk­ing around Riyadh is a great way to see the city. How­ever, pedes­trian bridges are few and far be­tween and com­bin­ing that with the – at times – risky driv­ing, and the for­mi­da­ble sum­mer heat, it is no sur­prise that you will see rel­a­tively few peo­ple mak­ing their way across the city on foot.

Plans for ex­pan­sion to the city’s rail­way and metro sys­tems have been ap­proved, which will in­tro­duce six lines to Riyadh, sched­uled to open in 2019. This will pro­vide an ex­cit­ing new way to get around the city, and not only that, it will make Riyadh a lot more user friendly to the busy busi­ness trav­eller.

Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional Air­port

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