Concierge recommended hidden gem locations near Riyadh

Concierge recommended hidden gem locations near Riyadh

Explore some must-do activities and must-visit destinations for guests according to head concierge Ayat Khalifah of InterContinental Durrat Al Riyadh
02 February 24

The InterContinental Durrat Al Riyadh Resort & Spa, conveniently situated just minutes from Riyadh’s downtown neighbourhood of Olaya.

Following a period of refurbishment, the iconic hotel is back with a rejuvenated look and an excited staff. And these suggestions are the top recommendations from the hotel's experienced concierge, Ayat Khalifah.

Read our full hotel review right here.

Al Masmak Fortress and Envions

Al Masmak Fortress dates to the 19th century and played a crucial role in the formation of the modern Saudi state. Visitors can explore the fascinating history and architecture of this mud-and-wattle structure, while taking in panoramic views of Riyadh’s skyline. The nearby Masmak Souq is a treasure trove of antiques, spices, and handmade goods. Guests can wander through its narrow alleyways and take home some unique souvenirs.

Edge of the World

Located about 90 kilometres from Riyadh, the Edge of the World is an awe-inspiring geological wonder where visitors can perch on the edge of a dramatic escarpment and experience breathtaking views of the surrounding desert landscape. Other desert attractions include a 4x4 safari, a camel ride, or sandboarding down the massive dunes.

Wadi Hanifa

Meandering down the west side of Riyadh, Wadi Hanifa is a dry riverbed that has been transformed into a parkland of lush greenery and natural beauty. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll there, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the tranquility of this quiet urban oasis.

Art and Culture

Dotted around the capital are numerous art galleries showcasing the works of talented local and international artists. ATHR Gallery and Gallery Naila, among others, offer a unique perspective on contemporary art in the region. Visitors can also attend traditional music, dance, and theatre performances at the King Fahd Cultural Centre.

Diriyah, lovingly restored on the northern outskirts of Riyadh, is the birthplace of the Saudi royal family and home to a wealth of sights, heritage destinations, galleries, and restaurants – so make a day of it! Diriyah is also one of Saudi’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Guests can dive into the history and pre-history of the Kingdom at the National Museum. It is packed full of attractions for all ages, including rock carvings, dinosaur skeletons, and a recreation of the Tuwaiq mountain range.


Riyadh has a thriving food scene with plenty of international options. But while you’re here you can’t miss a visit to the Najd Village restaurant for a taste of traditional Saudi cuisine or to Al Orjouan for a more upscale Arabian dining experience. You should also pay a visit to Dr. Kabsa with its plentiful portions of the Kingdom’s national dish. Their house specialty is fish kabsa, which needs two people just to carry it to your table. Check out the full list of restaurants at Via Riyadh right here.

Riyadh Season

Every winter, Riyadh comes alive with entertainment, concerts, performances, theme parks, pop-up restaurants, cultural experiences, art installations, and sporting events as part of Riyadh Season. The programming changes each year, but it’s as good a reason as any to head to the Saudi capital for a weekend or a longer stay! Click here to learn more about Riyadh Season, and see what events are going on.


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