Leisure activities in Riyadh

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Updated 2019-05-21 12:39

Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, has a lot to offer, even though it is difficult to give you a precise list of things you can do in your free time. If you have moved there with your family or you've had the chance of making new friends since your arrival, discover how you can make the most out of your stay in Riyadh.  

Desert experiences in Riyadh

Exploiting Riyadh's serene atmosphere and the landscape is a savvy thought. On the off chance that you appreciate the most adventurous activities, don't pass up exploring Riyadh's indigenous habitat. Riyadh's outskirts are a desert territory with mild to hot temperatures. If you don't mind the heat, you're likely to enjoy the exciting hill treks and trips in the desert. Many expats enjoy planning trips in the weekends to admire the breathtaking desert scenery, taking part in outdoor activities, engine biking over sand dunes, and star-gazing.

Shopping and feasting

Shopping is probably the favourite pastime of both locals and expats in Riyadh. In fact, the city can boast of more than twelve huge shopping malls and these are usually bustling. You can quickly turn into a shopaholic in Riyadh with all these megamalls with all types of boutiques, including local and international brands.

Foodies will be delighted to explore more than 1,000 eateries across Riyadh. From ethnic to international cuisine, you can find almost everything. It's also an excellent way to relax and spend some nice moments with your family, friends or colleagues after work.

Sports and steed riding

Numerous games in Riyadh are restrained to sports facilities. Moreover, registering in a club or a gym can be expensive. Soccer is undoubtedly the most popular game played in Riyadh, with soccer fields dissipated across the city. If you want to play, you can simply ask the players if you can join in. They will never refuse.

Sports played outside a private foundation, for example, a recreation centre or at school, is restricted to men. Ladies are not allowed to take part in any sort of sports activity in broad daylight. Going for a stroll is the maximum allowed.

Bike riding is common among men in the city. You can also find a couple of bike gatherings and clubs that ride together. As of June 1, 2018, women are also allowed to ride a bike. However, the idea isn't yet widespread so you might find it awkward to get started.

Riyadh is also very enthusiastic about horseback riding. In fact, there are many stables in the city's outskirts so you definitely cannot miss them. In general, Saudis take extraordinary pride in the stables and riding, and they also regularly take part in provincial competitions.

Camel dashing

Camels occupy a unique spot in the Saudi society and in the way of life. Camel milk and camel meat are viewed as a treat, but that's not all. Camel crowding is also very popular.

Camel dashing is a famous game in Saudi Arabia and takes places every week at the national arena. However, betting is prohibited.

Useful links:

Roznamah
Holidify
Saudi Tourism
Riyadh Wheelers
Riyadh Road Runners
Al Khalediah Arabian Horse Festival

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