Are you planning to escape from the maniac traffic and the hustle and bustle of the city? Do you have a long weekend? Do you want to bolt away from the city and enjoy the exotic beaches and explore new cities where you can shop ‘til you drop’? Here are few destinations for your weekend gateways from Riyadh.
Top 8 Most Popular Weekend Getaways around Riyadh
Edge of the world, Riyadh
The location is ninety kilometres from Riyadh. The reason behind the name of the place is Tuwaiq escarpment which stretches up to 700 km through central Saudi-Arabia. This is the scenic plateau with beautiful viewing spots. What makes the place beautiful is the spikes coming out of the plateau which makes them look endless from the corner spot. Any other means apart from a 4*4 vehicle should be avoided as the last length of the trip is very rocky and contains soft sands. The best season for paying a visit is fall and winter month when the skies are clear, and the temperature is moderate. A whole vicinity is a natural place, and there will be no warning signs. See for the sliding rocks or the stepping stones.
Distance from Riyadh: 55 miles outside of Riyadh, it takes around an hour to reach.
Best time to visit: You can visit this place all around the year, but it’s a one day trip. So it is advisable to start your journey at morning and return until evening.
Places to stay: This is a one day trip, so it is better to return in the evening.
Red sands flower fields
There’s a valley with red sand dunes with breathtaking blooming flowers in them. This valley is called Red sands flower fields. Usually, when the desert gets enough rainwater, the flowers bloom in this area. This place is filled with the public for picnics and youngsters with their AV bikes. This place is more for one day picnic. You will have to make arrangements for lunch as well as dinner because there is no facility for the same.
Distance from Riyadh: this is an isolated place where you can reach using Mecca highway.
Best time to visit: This place is ideal to visit after the rainy season so that you can get to look at the flowers blossomed.
Places to stay: Again, this area is isolated and not frequently visited by tourist,so it is advisable to head back home after sometime.
Many of them don’t know the Maldives can be reached directly from Riyadh with a direct Saudi Airlines flight. The Maldives is a perfect dream honeymoon destination for the couple. Far away from the hustle and bustle of tourist and city pollution, Maldives not only offers you the serenity but also a romantic time with your partner. Watch the alluring sea life holding hands of your spouse. Snorkel around whales and manta ray while seeing beautiful coral reefs around. The Maldives is home to many beautiful reefs and rich marine life. If you are planning to explore under-water life than this is the best place. There is no exhilarating experience than to watch whales and other giant under-water creatures roaming around you and your partner.
Distance from Riyadh: the distance is 2,300 miles, and it takes 7 hours for a flight to reach there.
Best time to visit: December to April is the best season for tourist to visit.
Places to stay: Sun Siyam Iru Fushi resort is the ultimate resort for family stay with kids.
Apart from common attractions like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Genting Highlands, there are two lesser known Malaysian attractions Sabah and Sarawak. These both states lie within the peninsula of Malaysia and has to offer many extra things with a great atmosphere. These states are meant for nature aficionado – with country’s highest mountain (Mt Kinabalu), best diving ranges and natural gifts like Kinabatangan rainforest which is home to orangutan rehab centre. Kuala Lumpur – The city is the capital of Malaysia country. You can take your family to high-end shopping centres like Sung Wang Plaza, Pavilion mall, and Low Yat Plaza. You can get the best shopping experience at affordable prices. After shopping, you can end your day by taking a city tour. End your day with a mesmerizing view of the city from the sky bridge of the famous Petronas Towers.
Distance from Riyadh: Malaysia is approx 3,000 miles from Riyadh and flight takes 7 hours to reach there.
Best time to visit: March to October, means rainy season is the best as you will get many discounts and festivals to feast in.
Places to say: The chateau spa and resort, Campbell hotel, and paper plane hotel are good choices to stay in.
Though very small island in the Indian ocean, this country has many surprises and attractions to offer. Sri Lanka has beautiful tea gardens, high hills for hiking, elephant attractions, and clean beaches. This country is well blended with nature, history, and variety of cultures. Still, there are many places and mountains to explore. This country is nestled with hustling cities and their delicious dishes. Also, Sri Lanka is home to many safari parks which houses Elephants and Leopards mainly.
Distance from Riyadh: Srilanka is good 2,350 miles away from Riyadh. The flight takes 5 hours and 30 minutes to reach there.
Best time to visit: Temperature here is fairly constant, so the best time to visit is from December to March.
Places to stay:Cinnamon group if hotels have various options for staying. The hotel and resort of Cinnamon group are an ideal choice.
Jordan is an easy reach from Riyadh even for an extended weekend. Jordan is a must-see destination for its historical city Petra which has unique rose-coloured mountains and with a strange shape. The dead sea is easily reachable from Amman and the spas dotted along the coast side is just drop dead gorgeous. The Movenpick dead sea resort and spa offer a tranquil atmosphere, fantastic beaches, several pools that provides a different panoramic view of the dead sea and delicious food of its restaurant. Jordan has many historical places like Wadi Rum and beach areas like Aqaba on Gulf of Aqaba.
Distance from Riyadh: the distance is 911 miles which when travelling by car takes 9 hours to reach.
Best time to visit: For cooler temperature, the best time to visit is from March to May.
Places to stay: The best hotels are Peace way hotel, Ammam international, and Murshed hotel.
This country is a tiny peaceful neighbour of Saudi Arabia. This country is as top Arab country in the matter of human development index. Though this country is advancing in civilization, it has not forgotten its rituals and Islamic practice. You will find many things same as in Saudi areas because both the countries are barren land surrounded by deserts. Still, Kuwait manages to have well-maintained roads with greenery and immaculate lawns and public parks. The infrastructure here is well developed than any other country in Saudi areas.
Distance from Riyadh: It takes 6 hours in the car to travel 434 miles from Riyadh.
Best time to visit: to avoid scorching heat, visit Kuwait in the months of winter
Places to stay: Radisson Blu’s property is the best place.
Omanis are considered the most hospitable people in the world. You will feel so welcome with such an overwhelming response in your life. The capital Muscat is no exception in the matter of crowded and materialistic GCC countries. Oman is another historical place with beautiful emerald waters to swim in the Wadis. It has some exceptionally well-maintained landscapes, and Raz Al Jinz in Oman is the only place in the world where one can see the sea turtle coming to the shore to lay eggs in the night.
Distance from Riyadh: 873 miles and it will take 14 hours in the car.
Best time to visit: as long as you don’t want heat, this place can be visited anytime all around the year except summer.
Places to stay: List includes Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, and Intercontinental hotel.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, hop on your car or take a flight to one of the above destinations for an fantastic real-life experience.