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Whether it maybe a small trip or a huge family get together, without proper planning chaos is sure to follow. For people travelling aboard Riyadh to Doha flight here are few tips which could be added in your itinerary.
The Capital of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is a city of equal importance historically and growth wise. Built on a plateau the weather is very arid, with very hot summers and warm winters. The city presets a gamut of history, adventure, sports, and festivals.
Starting with the historical places of interest, Diriyah was the home of the Saudi Royal Family. It still has immaculately restored historical places and museums. Salwa Palace, Saad Bin Saud, At Turaif Bath house, and Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Mosque are few places with maximum tourist visits. Masmak Fort is a mud and brick wonder, built in 1865. The National Museum houses many antiques and monuments of the past era.
Wadi Hanif is for people who enjoy the outdoors. The biggest outdoor park stretching at 80kms, it has ecofriendly roads, and six open parks. Water channels flowing between the parks are a great place to cool down in the hot weather. Al Ahsa Oasis is the largest palm tree plantation with 1.5 million trees. It is the greenest part of the city and is blessed with a number of springs.
Al Faisaliah Tower at 267 mtrs is owned by a Saudi Prince. It is occupied by a five star hotel, offices, luxury apartments, and the Sky shopping mall which has all international retail and shops. The top most floor is famous for The Glass Orb.
Riyadh Airport and Hotels
King Khalid International Airport has the biggest land area in the world. There are a plethora of duty free shops, and shops selling local handicraft and souvenirs. The food court has many international outlets along with traditional cuisine restaurants. To travel to and fro taxis and a few hotel shuttles are available.
Luxury hotels near the airport are Novotel, Makarim Riyadh, and Holiday Inn. The mid-range hotels are Leen Resorts and Laden Chalets.
Doha is bordered by the Persian Gulf, but also is mainly a desert. The weather is very hot in summers but winters are pleasant. The city has tried to preserve its slowly diminishing heritage through museums and villages, before totally getting lost in the newly developing high rise buildings.
To get a view of most Islamic Art collection, one must start off with a visit to the Museum of Islamic Arts. Housing an impressive collection of wall hangings, porcelain, calligraphy and Korans, it is a must visit. Mathaf a Museum for Modern Art has a collection of paintings starting from 1840 till present. Katara is a traditional village which has local art bazaars, music festivals and local culinary festivals too. There is a souq for handicrafts, restaurants, cafes and a private beach Al Yazwa Public Beach.
The Pearl, next on the itinerary is a manmade island which has residential buildings, apart from being the place for high end fine dining restaurants. The Corniche is the best place to either end the day or spend the whole day. It is a long stretch of bay with numerous cafes, restaurants, souqs and centers offering water sports.
Doha has a mix of modern shopping malls and traditional souks. The Souq Waqif is the best place for traditional shopping.Villagio is a Venetian themed shopping mall with international brands. Landmark is built like a traditional fort but is quite modern with international and regional outlets. City Center Doha is the largest mall.
About Doha Airport
Hamad International Airport can be reached by taxis which is the fastest means. The airport has many International outlets along with regional outlets and duty free shops. There are multi cuisine restaurants along with fast food joints and cafes.
Out of the choices of luxury hotels near the airport Doha Marriott Hotel, Oryx Rotana, Al Mirquab, and Mushereif- Souk Waquif Boutique hotels are a few names. Copthorne, Concorde, Movenpick, and Retaj Royal Doha are a few names for people looking for budget hotels.
Planning for your Riyadh to Doha flight should be done in winters.