City of Riyadh

What global city began with just 18,000 residents in 1918, grew by as much as 240% during some decades in its history, and now may claim nearly 6 million inhabitants – with over 7 million citizens and expats living within its greater region?

What modern metropolis is the site of a 99-storey skyscraper, which occupies 94,230 square meters of land – was initially constructed at a cost of 2 billion SAR, and was named the winner of the 2002 Emporis Skyscraper Award, selected as the "best new skyscraper of the year in the world for design and functionality?"

What major international municipality is served by an airport that passes over 17 million travelers per year through its arrival and departure gates – and is currently being renovated to serve 35 million air travelers per year?

What contemporary world capital has the largest all-female university on the entire planet?

What urban center has experienced a record high temperature of 48 °C (118 °F) and a record low temperature of -2 °C (28 °F)—a variation of 50 °C (90 °F)?

If you guessed Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you would be correct.

Riyadh (or الرياض in Arabic, meaning the "Gardens") is the capital and also the largest city of Saudi Arabia. It is 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 great plateau, and is currently home to over 5 and one-quarter million people, and the urban center of a region with a population of close to 7 million people.

The city is divided into 15 municipal districts, managed by Riyadh Municipality, and headed by the mayor of Riyadh, and the Riyadh Development Authority, chaired by the governor of Riyadh Province, His Royah Highness Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Riyadh has the largest all female university in the world, the Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University. Riyadh has been designated as a Beta World City.

Riyadh was first transformed after His Majesty King Saud bin Abdulaziz assumed power, and enhanced and developed through the guidance of successive Kings.

From the 1940s, Riyadh burgeoned from a relatively small, spatially isolated town into an expansive modern metropolis. When King Saud bin Abdulaziz came to power, he made it his objective to modernize Riyadh, and began developing Annasriyyah, the royal residential district in 1950. Following the example of American cities, such as Manhattan in New York, new settlements and entire neighborhoods were created in a grid-like pattern which may be likened to the squares of a checker or chess board. These grid-like neighborhoods are connected by high-performance main roads to the inner areas. The grid pattern in the city was first introduced in 1953 and provides a logical, rational structure upon which to build a modern city capital. The population growth of Riyadh from 1974-1992 averaged 8.2 percent per year—although as we have noted, in one decade Riyadh grew by a total of nearly 250%—an extraordinary rate of growth.

The Prince Salman Center for Disability Research’s 4th International Conference on Disability will be held in Riyadh, hosted at the Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh. Adjacent to the Diplomatic Quarter, which houses the Embassies of 101 sovereign nations along with accredited missions from another 51 countries, the Ritz-Carlton is a modern hotel and conference center with 493 guest rooms and suites, restaurants, meeting rooms, and reception spaces.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

At the heart of the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a palatial retreat waiting to be discovered. The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh hotel is a majestic and elegant oasis located within 52 acres of luxuriantly landscaped gardens, abundant water fountains, native palm trees and 600-year-old olive trees. Splendid amenities, including more than six distinctive restaurants and lounges, a lavish spa and unprecedented service, promise an unforgettable getaway.

This luxury hotel in Riyadh features the exceptional service and attention to detail that The Ritz-Carlton is world-famous for providing, which fuse together to create a memorable experience for the hotel’s guests.

Splendid amenities, including more than six distinctive restaurants and lounges, a lavish spa and unprecedented service, promise an unforgettable getaway. The Ritz-Carlton promises the exceptional service and attention to detail that The Ritz-Carlton is world-famous for providing, which fuse together to create a memorable experience.

Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh hotel offers the convenience of a full business center which features:

  • 24- hour business services (delivery, fax, photocopying, secretarial services)
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Translation services
  • Wired or wireless, high-speed e-mail and Internet access available in meeting rooms and public areas

Enjoying a pre-eminent address in the capital of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia within 213,500 square meters (52 acres) of luxuriantly landscaped gardens, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh positions itself amongst the grand palace hotels in the world. Originally envisioned as a royal guest palace for visiting dignitaries and heads of state, the five star luxury hotel’s stately architecture is modeled on traditional palaces and elegant Arabian residences. Native palms, 600-year old olive trees from Lebanon, and water fountains abound on the property, providing an oasis of serenity amidst the city center.

Dress code

Please note that in respect to local culture and traditions, the dress code at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh luxury hotel adheres to certain guidelines. All individuals entering the hotel must be dressed in either traditional local wear, or smart casual. Shorts, sleeveless tops, and sports shirts are not allowed.