Airport

Riyadh has one airport; the King Khalid International Airport (IATA: RUH, ICAO: OERK). It is located 35 KMs north of the CITC.

More on the airport can be found at https://www.riyadh-airport.com/.

 

Airport Transportation

There is a safe and reliable taxi service located just outside the arrival hall of the airport. Authorized airport taxis have the airport logo on them. Payment is usually by cash.

Ride-hailing applications such as Uber and Careem are also usable from the airport to the city.

 

Transportation within the City

Taxis are widely available anywhere in the city. They are white, with a “Taxi” sign on the top, and a “Taxi | اجرة” label on the sides.

Ride-hailing applications such as Uber and Careem are also available in Riyadh.

 

Climate

The weather in Riyadh in March is usually very pleasant with temperatures averaging a high of 28C° during the day, and 15C° during the night.

 

Currency and Banks

The official currency in Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Riyal (SAR). Many currencies are acceptable for exchange with the SAR. If you are traveling from overseas, having some USD or Euro cash to exchange to SAR is advised. Conversion information can be found online here.  There are many exchange offices in the city that you can use.

Banks are open from Sunday to Thursday. Working hours vary from bank to bank, and it is advised to check online to see the opening and closing times of a bank. Some banks close during the afternoon for a couple of hours, and then commence operations until late in the evening. Banks are closed over the weekend (Friday and Saturday) and during public holidays.

 

Electricity

Electricity is 110/220 V AC, 60 HZ. Widely used plug types include Type A, Type B, Type C, and Type G. Please refer to this page for more information.

 

Local Time

Riyadh is located on a time zone of UTC+3.00.

 

Emergency Numbers

Police Assistance – 999

Fire Department – 998

Ambulance – 997

Car Accidents – 993

General Emergency – 112

Culture and Tradition

Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country in which Islamic law is strictly enforced. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they are not offensive.

For more information visit https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/

 

Official Language

The official local language of Saudi Arabia is Arabic. English is the second language.

 

Calling Code

Saudi Arabia’s country code is 966. For any international calls, dial “+(country code)(phone number)”.

 

Mobile Operators

Saudi Arabia has three mobile operators:

  1. Saudi Telecom Corporation (STC)
  2. Mobily
  3. Zain Saudi Arabia

4G is available by all three operators. 5G is expected to launch in early 2020.

 

Credit Cards

Credit cards are widely used in Saudi Arabia, these include Visa, MasterCard, American Express (Amex), and Visa Electron. Nevertheless, carrying some cash is strongly recommended as credit cards might not be accepted in some instances such as taxis, buses, and a few local restaurants.

 

Weekend

The official weekend days are Friday and Saturday.