8 Fast Facts About Riyadh

8 Fast Facts About Riyadh

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Riyadh, the very extravagant and vibrant capital is considered to be the financial and political hotspot for the entire kingdom. Riyadh is also one of the fastest-growing capitals in the world. There are many fascinating facts wrapped around the city and its origins. 

Here’s our very own roundup of the most interesting fast facts on Riyadh. 

Best Compound Riyadh
Best Compound Riyadh
  • Riyadh is culturally diversified. Almost 40% of the capital’s population is made up of expats from all corners of the world. 
  • The capital has centuries’ worth of history. Riyadh was first originally named and established as Hajr.
  • The capital’s current name Riyadh translates to a meaning similar to that of a “Garden”.
  • The Masmak Fortress, once invaded in 1902, to this day holds a spear that was impaled by one of the soldiers on its front door.
  • With its perfect tangy mix of ancient and modern architecture, the capital is a beacon of tourist attraction. Approximately, 5 million tourists visit the city every year.
  • Riyadh is among the top 100 wealthiest cities in the world. (based on Gross Domestic Product)
  • The city is home to 4000 or more mosques.
  • Riyadh houses King Saud University, known to be one of the first and oldest in the kingdom.

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