My 171st country – Cheers to Saudi Arabia! And for this special occasion I was hosted by Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Kurtuba!
Finally! After my second attempt, I entered Saudi Arabia. My first attempt was last March 2020 but unfortunately, I was stuck at Riyadh airport due to last minute cowardly rules at that time so I decided to cancel my trip to Saudi Arabia. But hey! Here I am now, much braver and happier!
I am extremely grateful that I did not finally enter my 171st country (which is Saudi Arabia), but I also had the opportunity to stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Riyadh! I was so lucky because I was in one of their fancy suits and they just opened less than a year ago, haha!
Things to do in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1. Visit the edge of the world Riyadh
This is one of my bucket lists and it finally ticked off! I’m betting you should too! However, if you have no idea what the Age of the World is, it is one of the top tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia. Ignoring the surrounding plains, you will literally feel like you are on the edge of the world. The uninterrupted view of the horizon gives you an amazing experience when you are at the top of a 300-meter high cliff that you should not miss! Thanks to Tinggly for finally making it happen!
2. Do some stool hopping
It is not surprising to find lots of stools around the city of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. For this reason, one thing you should not miss while in Riyadh is mall hopping! Here are some of the malls we recommend you visit:
- Al Nakhil Mall- It is a huge stool which is very nice and clean. There are also stores of all tastes and budgets, above you can find countless restaurants and bars scattered across the mall.
- Riyadh Gallery Mall- There are many ready-to-wear shops and boutiques, including major brands. There is also a play area for children where there are different ways of entertainment.
- Panorama Mall – The mall is distinguished by its beautiful exterior and interior design because its design is eco-friendly and has many brands, a high area for children and a large area for restaurants.
3. Explore the Kingdom Center Tower
Skybridge is a place to visit in Riyadh. From here you can see the roof of Riyadh. You can also eat very well and cheaply at the food court. Everything from Iranian food to Indian sushi can be found there. Or you can walk a little through the mall and see people. Really a must visit!
4. Al Razi Grand Mosque
The Al Razi Grand Mosque was built in the 2000s with a grant from the Al Razi family. It is also the largest mosque in Riyadh with a capacity of 18,000 for men and 2,500 in women’s prayer halls. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the mosque but must be seen and appreciated from outside!
5. Go to Riyadh for more attractions!
Riyadh is such a beautiful city to explore! Since this was my first time here, I was excited to visit many places. Here are some things to look for:
- Al Masmak Fortress – Masmak Fort is an Adobe Fortress built in 1865 by Amir Muhammad bin Abdul. The main court was located here from 1902 to 1938. Now the castle serves as a museum. It lets you learn about life in the Middle East before the advent of modern civilization.
- King Abdullah Park- King Abdullah is the youngest garden of culture and entertainment in the capital of Saudi Arabia. Opened in 2013, it includes several gardens, a children’s and family area, a play area, a pedestrian alley, a restaurant and a large lake with a dance fountain.
- Al Faisalia Center – In addition to the Kingdom Center Tower, it is one of the tallest buildings in Riyadh. Inside there is a mall with some designer stores where you can shop until you go.
Where to stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
This newly-opened luxury hotel in Riyadh was our home when we were in town. It has 104 rooms and suites and 16 villas located near the city center of Riyadh and just 20 kilometers from Riyadh International Airport.
From the location, it was very convenient because I can easily walk around and see the popular attractions of Riyadh easily and smoothly, you know, as a traveler like me, I really can’t stay in one place, especially since this is my first time. In Saudi Arabia, ha ha!
Suite at the Radisson Blu Hotel
As I mentioned above, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh has 104 rooms and suites. This hotel has a variety of rooms:
- Standard room with terrace
- Junior Suite
- One-bedroom suite
- Royal suite with two bedrooms
- Three-bedroom villa
I was in their one-bedroom suite for 4 days and 3 nights! The house itself is very spacious and has this bright atmosphere that will make you feel at home.
Honestly, I can stay in the room all day without going out because almost everything I need is already there. Also, they have separate living space from the bedroom which is one of my favorite things about high quality hotels.
Would you believe me if I said I didn’t get a chance to try the Radisson Blu restaurants? I know you won’t! Hahaha! Restaurant is a must for me!
And guess what? The hotel has 3 amazing restaurants that I recommend you to try; Bridges, lords and lounges and Plumeria terraces.
Another great thing about the Radisson Blu Hotel is that they offer stylish outdoor, indoor and terrace dining. So in addition to delicious food (thanks to the great chefs who prepared the food; Chef Sunil, Chef Nin, Chef Sachin, Chef Bikash, Chef Ali, Chef Talal, Chef Jangir, Chef Dipendra, Chef Ansari, Chef Kiran, and Chef Noor), you have a great environment. With the assurance of a mouth food.
My overall experience at Riyadh and the Radisson Blu Hotel
Not only have I been able to stay comfortable and fancy at the hotel, but I have also had the opportunity to see beautiful places (especially Age of the World which is one of my bucket list!) Because of its convenient location, I have also been able to meet some of the most amazing people! Ah! This trip to Saudi Arabia has been a wonderful trip thanks to the Radisson Blu Hotel for being my home and for hosting me for a few days. If you plan to visit Riyadh, you must book at the Radisson Blu Hotel.