Riyadh the Beauty Behind the Skyscrapers
Saudi Arabia is a popular country not just because of the good economy but also due to its several tourist attractions. Perhaps the most popular city, and also the nation's capital, is Riyadh. Being the largest city in Saudi Arabia, it is expected that there are a lot of things that you can do in Riyadh. The city is located on a huge plateau, having a population of nearly 4,854,000 residents.
The name of the city was originally derived from the word "rawdha", which means garden. For more than a thousand years, Riyadh has been stationed in a fertile area at the center of the Arabian Peninsula. The location is known for the Orchards and Palm Trees and Dates.
There are several of fascinating architectures within the city. During the era of the old Riyadh, the most popular building was the Al Masmak Fort. At present, remnants of the original fort is still standing. The gate, which ones guarded the place, has been reconstructed and restored to its original beauty. Some mud-brick homes can also be within the area but almost all of them are dilapidated already.
The contemporary architecture in Riyadh is also a tourist site worth visiting. There are several towers in the city, one of them being the Burj Al Mamlakah. This is the tallest building in the Riyadh and ranks 36th in the world. It is built upon a land that measures 94,230 square meters. The Kingdom Center, where the building is standing and is the prime holding company headquarters, is owned by Al Waleed bin Talal, prince of the royal family.
Another famous skycraper in the city is the Al Faisaliyah Center, the first one of its kind built and is second largest building, falling behind the the Kingdom Center. The main attraction in the building is the golden ball situated on the top of it. That ball is said to be inspired by a ballpoint pen. Inside the ball is a restaurant with a viewing deck below it. There is also a shopping center in the ground floor containing all kinds of signature brands.
Among the other popular sites in Riyadh are the Burj Al Anoud, Riyadh TV Tower, the Al Masmak Castle, the Ministry of Interior Building and the Al Nakheel Tower to name a few. The city also houses over 50 embassies and various museums such as the National Museum of Saudi Arabia. Those who will give Riyadh a visit will forget the common idea most people have in mind about the City and the Middle East in general that its mainly full of deserts and camels. What will come to mind instead is how wealthy this nation really is which was made more apparent by all these state-of-the-art skyscrapers.