Riyadh (/rɨˈjɑːd/; Arabic: الرياض ar-RiyāḍNajdi pronunciation: [er.rɪˈjɑːdˤ], is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Najd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 5.7 million people, and the urban centre of a region with a population of close to 7.3million people.
The city is divided into 15 municipal districts, managed by Riyadh Municipality headed by the mayor of Riyadh, and the Riyadh Development Authority, chaired by the governor of Riyadh Province, Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud. The current mayor of Riyadh is Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Almogbel, appointed in 2012. Riyadh has the largest all-female university in the world, the Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University. It has been designated a global city.
During the Pre-Islamic era the city at the site was called Hajr (Arabic:حجر), and was reportedly founded by the tribe of Banu Hanifa. Hajr served as the capital of the province of Al Yamamah, whose governors were responsible for most of central and eastern Arabia during the Umayyad and Abbasid eras. Al-Yamamah broke away from the Abbasid Empire in 866 and the area fell under the rule of the Ukhaydhirites, who moved the capital from Hajr to nearby Al Kharj. The city then went into a long period of decline. In the 14th century, North African traveller Ibn Battuta wrote of his visit to Hajr, describing it as "the main city of Al-Yamamah, and its name is Hajr". Ibn Battuta goes on to describe it as a city of canals and trees with most of its inhabitants belonging to Bani Hanifa, and reports that he continued on with their leader to Mecca to perform the Hajj.
Riyadh has been confirmed as the host of Expo 2030, with 119 votes cast in the first round of voting ... About Riyadh Expo 2030 ... The design focuses on the visitor experience, ensuring easy navigation between pavilions, public squares, cultural and innovation facilities, food services, and resting areas inspired by Riyadh’s architectural heritage.
...Hong Kong and bound for Riyadh and Liege. ... Additionally, the contract extension to WFS/SATS for handling over 50,000 tonnes annually on flights connecting Liege and Riyadh underscores SaudiaCargo’s commitment to operational excellence and reliable logistics services.
Jeeny, one of the most innovative ride-hailing applications, is excited to announce the launch of its new service, Jeeny Xpress, in all major Saudi cities, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and Madinah....
Riyadh Air highlights at the Dubai Airshow 2023 included. ... Riyadh Air and Microsoft will work together to drive innovation and sustainability across Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector with both organizations collaborating to leverage the potential of cutting-edge technologies to enhance Riyadh Air’s offerings, services, and operational models.
Riyadh defines a regional headquarters as an office that provides “strategic direction, management, and support services for company subsidiaries, branches, and affiliates in the (Middle East and North Africa) region”, the investment ministry said.
A fierce wind accompanying heavy rain toppled storefronts and damaged cars in the Saudi capital Riyadh, according to social media reports ... The service said on its X account that parts of a building façade in eastern Riyadh’s Khalij district fell off, causing material damage, but no casualties.