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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.

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.

InterContinental Riyadh Hotel

Set amidst 100 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the InterContinental Riyadh is a luxury hotel that combines peaceful surroundings with city living. The hotel’s 275 guest rooms and suites are spread over the 6 floors of the hotel , with many of the rooms featuring fine city or golf course views. All of the rooms are neatly decorated in a modern Arabian style and feature luxury marble bathrooms.

The InterContinental Riyadh Hotel is located a 5 minute drive from the city’s business district. City attractions including Masmak Fortress and Al Murabba’s Palace can also easily be reached.