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Find your perfect hire car at Toyota in RiyadhThe capital of Saudi Arabia is a bustling business centre set in the heart of the country. One of the world’s wealthiest cities, Riyadh is full of towering skyscrapers, glitzy hotels and fine restaurants.
From here, you’re perfectly positioned to explore the Arabian Peninsula. Pick up your hire car from Avis at Toyota in Riyadh and accelerate away.
Plan your journey from Riyadh ToyotaYour Avis rental pick-up point at Toyota in Riyadh is just a 30-minute drive from the city centre. This splendid city has changed hands many times over the centuries, and only began to modernise in the 1950s when King Saud introduced new plans for urban developments. Today, it’s a major metropolis that millions of people call home.
The city of Riyadh boasts some incredible examples of modern architecture, like the Al Faisaliah Tower featuring a huge glass globe near its top. The Kingdom Centre, stretching over 300 metres into the sky, is another example offering unrivalled views over the city. Historical sights are also on offer at the Murabba and Masmak palaces, while the Masmak Fortress is well worth visiting. The National Museum, housed at the King Abdulaziz Historical Center, takes visitors through the history of Saudi Arabia and provides a fascinating insight into the local culture.
Sports enthusiasts will be impressed with the King Fahd International Stadium, which can hold up to 70,000 spectators. Football matches in the Saudi Premier League are often played here.
Dining options in Riyadh range from low-end Lebanese and Turkish offerings to higher-end international cuisine. The local dish to try is Kabsa (spiced rice with chicken or lamb).
Riyadh is a fascinating, but conservative city. For female travellers in particular, it’s important to generally cover up during your visit here to adhere to local customs and religion.
A road trip around Riyadh is your chance to discover a completely new culture. With your Avis rental car, you’re free to tour the city at your own pace.
Beyond RiyadhDue to its landlocked position in such a large country, Riyadh’s top attractions are set quite far apart. Your hire car really will prove invaluable. Leave ample time for long road trips to visit both the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, as they sit on opposite sides of the country. If your time is more limited, there are a number of fascinating attractions only a short drive from Riyadh.
Just an hour south on Route 65 is Al-Kharj. Once home to some of the most important freshwater springs of Saudi Arabia, this is a very wealthy area. Today it still produces a large portion of the country’s produce, even though the wells dried up several years ago. This agricultural town grows dates and vegetables, while many camel and goat farms can be found here. Set against a desert backdrop, the rows of green plants that border the town paint a striking sight.
Drive two hours north of Riyadh on Route 546 and you’ll arrive in the Shaqraa region, where the ancient village of Raghbah is the star attraction. Featuring unique buildings made of mud, an ancient mosque and a watch tower, this tiny town is encircled by rolling sand dunes. The unique mud architecture is decorated with intricate patterns, drawn into the material before it’s dried. A former royal castle also stands here.
With your Avis rental car from Toyota in Riyadh, the sights of Saudi Arabia await. All you have to do is drive.