Riyadh’s Founding Day Extravaganza: 5 Spots Showcasing Local Creativity

Hera Shabbir

Founding Day is right around the corner and you should definitely plan your list of activities to celebrate. From the gorgeous parades, stunning outfits, yummy treats all boasting with tradition, the national holiday is a beautiful ode to the Kingdom’s history. Celebrating local heritage and culture is the best way to celebrate the national holiday, and this list brings you exactly that!

Scroll down below to get the ultimate checklist of must-visit spots in the capital.

5. Dine in a traditional setting at Najd Village

If you’re looking for a spot to take awesome pictures of your Founding Day fits, then Najd Village is the place to go. This restaurant brings you a delicious selection of traditional dishes in the most traditional setting. Najd Village should definitely be on the top of your checklist to experience the authentic Saudi culture, as you admire Saudi’s culinary treats.

4. Walk into history at Al Masmak Palace

This historical gem was built back in 1865, and actually served as a base for the military . The iconic fortress was then conquered by King Abdul Aziz when his forces took control of Riyadh in 1902 and unified the kingdom. As you walk in, you’ll step right into an exhibit of history, featuring old maps and fascinating photographs of Saudi Arabia from 1912 to all the way to 1937!

3. Discover Saudi History, Culture, and Cuisine at Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale

Get ready to dive into the artistic extravaganza of the century! The 2024 Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale is hitting the vibrant JAX District, nestled in the historical gem of Diriyah. Grab your squad, wear your best traditional fit, and enjoy a jam-packed adventure of music, food, and history galore! Live performances and captivating events await – it’s a must-visit destination for all!

Click here to grab your tickets to this awesome experience

2. Experience traditional auctions at Souq Al Zal

Forget Amazon – here, the thrill of daily auctions reigns supreme! Join the excitement as bidders look for treasures spanning from traditional apparel, exquisite silverware, tools, and Saudi relics. It’s a vibrant ode to Saudi heritage, drawing crowds eager for the auction buzz! Souq Al Zal should definitely be on your checklist to experience a traditional Saudi moment.

1. Experience Saudi Royalty at Al Murabba Palace

Step into another historical palace, which brings you a square fortress embracing the essence of local culture’s love for privacy! Explore 32 rooms across two floors, hosting regal receptions and bustling administrative hubs. Join a historical tour for a peek into King Abdulaziz Al Saud’s life – his treasures, attire, and snapshots with global leaders await your discovery! Plus, this gem is the perfect backdrop for your Founding Day outfit pictures!

Ready up your traditional fits, and take this list to conquer Founding Day in the best way 🇸🇦


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