Riyadh Nightlife, Saudi Arabia
Despite the conservative nature of the Saudis, they do not fail to have a good time. Although “mutaween” or the religious police is a force to be reckoned with, as long as you stand by their rules, especially the women always having to wear an abaya, expatriates can have a good time should they be able to contact the community they belong to. Despite that, Riyadh is infiltrated with coffee shops, markets and malls that never fail to tickle anybody’s fancy. Despite the strict nature of the Arabian community, it is never impossible to have a good time especially visitors and expats.
While the famed fast-food chains thrive in the busy city of Riyadh, dining is never an issue when in Riyadh. Whether armed with just a meager budget or an extravagant purse, there sure is a place to dine. The Al Fawar and Al-Mazaz restaurants offer generous proportions of Lebanese and South Indian cuisine at very affordable prices. For the upscale market, the Al-Nakheel, dubbed as the best restaurant in Saudi by a well-known travel guide, it is home to the most sumptuous local food for those up for a gastronomic feast. However, if your taste longs for a more familiar taste, the Sheraton Riyadh is the home of the best Mediterranean, Italian and European dishes.
In terms of drinks, Tahlia Street houses a number of coffee shops. Whether up for a talk or just to while some time during a lazy day, this is the place to be. For the expats, two specific destinations offer the best destinations in en route for real good time. The Globe in Al-Faisaliah is probably the hippest place in town. Suspended 200 meters above Riyadh, it is known for their plush leather seat, the wide range of non-alcoholic bubbles, and the best view of the twinkling lights of the city at night. The breathtaking view of Riyadh by night is just a spectacle. On the other hand, Scoler in Khozama Center is best known for their wide choices of drinks ranging from hot, cold, caffeinated and juicy, including espressos.
The conservative nature of Riyadh never hampers the party-going attitude on non-locals. However, one must realize that everything has to be done in moderation like in any other country. Just go by the rules, stick to the regulations and all the good times Riyadh has to offer are up for grabs.
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