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Are you looking for something to do in your spare time? What are the leisure activities available in Riyadh? Find out in this article.

Riyadh is the capital city of Saudi Arabia. With lots to offer, it is sometimes hard to navigate exactly what foreigners can do to in their leisure time. Riyadh is home to the Diplomatic Quarters that brings government officials from all over the world to one place. It also is a great place to meet people from all over the world. Find out how you can make the most out of your stay in Riyadh.

Desert adventures in Riyadh

Taking advantage of Riyadh’s climate and the terrain is a smart idea. If you enjoy the more adventures activities then don’t miss out on exploring Riyadh’s natural environment. Riyadh is a land border with a desert terrain and mild-hot temperatures. The conditions in Riyadh make exploring dessert dunes and treks all the more pleasurable.

A lot of expat communities are known for venturing out on weekends to the desert landscapes, engaging in camping activities, motor-biking over sand dunes, and star-gazing.

Shopping & dining

The most popular past time amongst national and foreigners in Riyadh is shopping and dining. With over a dozen mega malls in the city, shopping is a common activity to partake in. With megamalls, strip malls, and boutiques lining the streets, it’s easy to become a shopaholic quick.

You will be happy to know that Riyadh has over 1000 restaurants operating in the city. You can find everything your palate desires. A huge range of cuisines is available for your choosing. Restaurants also range in price point, depending on whether it’s a casual and quick meal or a more high-end restaurant.

Sports and horse riding

Many sports are limited to gyms, and getting a gym membership can be quite pricey. The most common sport played in Riyadh is soccer, with soccer fields scattered around the city you will surely come across a game or two. If you would like to join in you can simply just ask; people in Saudi Arabia are often quite gracious and inviting.

Sports played outside a private establishment such as a gym, school, or home is limited to men. Women are not to engage in physical activity of sorts in public. Taking a walk is the full scope of what is permitted.

Bicycle Riding is very common amongst men in the city, with a few organized groups and clubs that ride together. It has recently been announced that women will be allowed to ride bicycles as of June 1, 2018; it has yet to take effect but will be very exciting to see.

Riyadh is big on Horseback Riding; in fact, you can easily find a number of stables on the outskirts of the city. Many Saudis take great pride in the stables and riding, and you will find that regional tournaments tend to happen often.

Camel racing

Camels hold a special place in Saudi Society, unofficially the country’s official animal. The camel is deeply rooted in traditions and the culture. Camel milk and camel meat are seen as delicacies while camel herding is honourable.

Camel racing is a popular sport and takes place weekly at the national stadium. Betting on camels is not allowed, but just their engagement in the races is quite enjoyable.

 Useful links:

Saudi Tourism
Riyadh Wheelers
Riyadh Road Runners
Al Khalediah Arabian Horse Festival
The Headquarters of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
Dirab Golf & Country Club
The National Museum

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