Saudi Arabia´s capital, Riyadh

Also its largest city, (pop. 7.7 million) Riyadh isn´t all about towering skyscrapers but also historical fortresses and other remnants of the past, steeped in history and culture, it´s a blend of the modern and the traditional. One of its top attractions is the 99-storey Kingdom Centre, which affords stunning views of the city from its observation deck. For a taste of history, head to the late-19th-century  Masmak Fort, a beautiful example of traditional Najdi architecture that played a pivotal role in the country's unification. If you're looking to explore the country´s vibrant culture, visit the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, which showcases it along with history and heritage through interactive exhibits and artifacts. And for a taste of traditional Arabian hospitality, head to the local souks, where you can haggle for everything from souvenirs to spices to textiles.

Read more in Tripatini contributor Muminah Tannous´s post Saudi Arabia´s Top 9 Destinations.

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