Monday, February 20, 2012

Earlier Days in Riyadh City

i did not imagine i will be here
october 14-17, 2011 friday to monday

Riyadh, which means The Gardens, is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Najd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau. The city is divided into 15 municipal districts, managed by Riyadh Municipality headed by the mayor of Riyadh.

Riyadh is more conservative than Jeddah or the Eastern Province. The mutaween (religious police) are numerous in Riyadh and not to be messed with. Women must cover themselves with an abaya (available in shops everywhere in Riyadh) and it's advisable to carry a headscarf as well. Read, understand and follow the guidelines in the Saudi Arabia article to stay out of trouble. Riyadh is one of the strictest cities in Saudi Arabia.

Sightseeing in Riyadh is a frustrating exercise in careful timing: not only are most sites closed on weekends (Thu-Fri) and during prayer hours, but visiting hours are segregated between men and families. The one saving grace is that many sites stay open until 9 PM.

my hotel for one week

infront of my hotel

beside of my hotel

traffic sign on the road of riyadh city

overpass along the highway of riyadh city

usual traffic scenario in riyadh city

one of the unique archirectures of riyadh city

western fast foods invaded riyadh city

olaya district highway of riyadh city

olaya district highway of riyadh city

kingdom center at riyadh city center

I woke up early due i cannot sleep properly because of the excitement and the body clock adjustment. anyways, there was a free buffet breakfast provided as long as i am in the hotel which was contracted to 7 days stay. after finishing my breakfast, i asked first the receptionist if its okay to stroll around eventhough its my first day, they told me of course yes, just bring my passport just in case somebody asked me. i brought my tripod, my superzoom digicam and of course my fedora hat, its very summer outside.


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