Riyadh’s skyline with its ultramodern towers show off its sophisticated culture, shopping, and dining. Prayer times set the pace for life in one of the country’s most conservative cities, and gleaming architecture blends with historic landmarks from the kingdom’s earliest years. Known by locals as the Dead Center of the Kingdom, Riyadh is considered the most straight-laced of the Kingdom’s big three cities. With many forms of entertainment banned, few sights of interest and a brutal climate, Riyadh is a business-only destination if there ever was one.
Jeddah enjoys Red Sea breezes in the open-minded port of Jeddah for centuries, and the city preserves their traces in its UNESCO-listed historic center. The rest of Jeddah is thoroughly modern, energized with a global mix of pilgrims on their way to nearby Mecca.