Riyadh

Fly to Riyadh

Book a flight to Riyadh and explore the sleek Saudi Arabian capital. Once a small town, Riyadh has risen from the sand to become one of the wealthiest cities in the world. It’s a Middle Eastern playground for both business travellers and tourists alike.

With direct flights to Riyadh departing from destinations all over the globe, you can reach the flourishing city with minimal fuss. Paired with cheap airfares and flexible check-in options, travelling with flydubai has never been more efficient.

Unwind and enjoy entertainment paradise once onboard our flight. Explore music, movies, games and more from the comfort of your seat with your own personal touchscreen. You can surf the internet and scroll through social media too, with our award-winning onboard WiFi. We’ve also made shopping in the sky possible – buy duty free jewellery, perfume, watches, and more as you fly towards Saudi Arabia.

Arrive into Riyadh feeling satisfied, by pre-ordering a dish from our globally-inspired menu. From tandoori-style kebabs to creamy veggie curries, enjoy a delicious meal during your flight. A selection of snacks, light bites, and drinks are also available to buy once onboard.

Things to do

Discover Masmak Fortress


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Head to this striking 19th century site to enjoy a dose of Saudi Arabian history. Built around the year 1865, the clay castle now serves as a museum and is home to a treasure trove of artefacts.

Pick up authentic handicrafts


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Discover Souq Al Thumairi, one of the best places to shop in Riyadh. Known as the antique souq, this authentic marketplace is a world away from the city’s modern malls. Here you’ll find everything from colourful carpets to vintage jewellery.

Escape to the desert

Venture beyond the city’s limits to the nearby desert, where you can find the Edge of the World. The spectacular location is worth the drive just for the views, with dramatic vistas of the cliffs and valley below.

A guide to Riyadh

Travel to the Saudi Arabian metropolis that balances the old and new. Deeply rooted in tradition while on a fast-paced path to the future, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Riyadh.

Experience views from the skies

The iconic Kingdom Centre is Riyadh’s architectural centrepiece, rising more than 300 metres above the city below. Experience an adrenaline-fuelled elevator ride up to the 99th-floor Sky Bridge to enjoy breath-taking views across the capital. For an evening of dramatic dining and incredible vistas, go to The Globe Restaurant, located in a spectacular golden sphere near to the top of Al Faisaliah Tower.

Discover Riyadh’s authentic soul

Travel back in time at the city of Old Ad’Diriyah. Once the home of the country’s royal family, the impressive historical site is now split into sections. You’ll find striking ruins, restored mosques, and an array of new shops and restaurants. Delve further into Saudi history at the National Museum. Admire the beautiful façade before heading into the state-of-the-art centre to explore a series of intriguing exhibits.

Explore shopping heaven

Al-Faisaliah Mall is one of the best shopping destinations in Riyadh. Shop until you drop, scouting out the designer boutiques and high street outlets which are nestled side-by-side in this sprawling retail centre. For even more luxury brands, head to the mall in the Kingdom Centre, where there are four floors of shops and restaurants to discover.

Find foodie paradise

Lebanese, Indian, Italian…you’ll find restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world in Riyadh. Once you’ve completed your globetrotting culinary journey, sample dishes local to the area.

Get up close with exotic animals

If you’re travelling to Riyadh with children in tow, the city’s zoo makes for a perfect day out. It’s the largest in Saudi Arabia, with more than 1,500 animals to see across 55 acres of land. Hop on the park’s train and spot flamingos, endangered Bengal tigers, giraffes and more.

Useful information

Visa

Depending on your home country, you may need a visa to visit Riyadh. Before you book your trip, get in touch with your embassy to find out what visa you’ll need.

Currency

The currency in Riyadh is the Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR.) You’ll find a range of notes in the following denominations: 500,100,50,20,10,5,1.

Language

Arabic is Riyadh’s official language but English is widely spoken, especially in business. Non-Saudis may also speak Urdu, the official language of Pakistan, and other Asian languages such as Farsi and Turkish. 

Weather

Riyadh’s weather varies seasonally. Temperatures, on average, drop to 12°C during winter months and rise to average highs of 42°C throughout summer.

Getting around

Taxis are one of the easiest and most common ways of getting around Riyadh. If you wish to explore the city and beyond, car hire is also widely available. Please note, women are not allowed to drive on public roads in Saudi Arabia.

Airport information

Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) will be where you arrive into and depart from when visiting the capital, located 35km north of the city.

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