The year 2019 was a fundamental year for the country of Saudi Arabia. Many would argue this because of the number of reforms that took place, such as the E-Visa (allowing tourists to visit Saudi Arabia for the first time.) Before the year finished I was able to visit The Boulevard and experience some of what Riyadh Season had to offer.
What is Riyadh Season?
Riyadh Season is a special series of events in Riyadh, designed to showcase some of the talent and beauty that the city has to offer. The season includes many new restaurants, cafes and international brands, car exhibitions, auctions, fashion shows, games and concerts.
What about Riyadh Boulevard?
Riyadh Boulevard is one of the events in the season. An Old fashioned tram will transport you through a colourful vibrant street filled with so many shops to explore. Talented street musicians line the streets, singing and playing traditional melodies. For an additional fee and a spectacular treat, you can also attend the popular music concerts that take place every night.
There is also the option of visiting the cinema: a new addition to life in Saudi Arabia. Cinemas opened in Saudi Arabia for the first time in April 2018 and have been popular and in high demand ever since!
Why I enjoyed it?
From the moment I arrived I loved the vibe and the ambiance of The Boulevard. It was lovely to see families and friends having fun together. The excitement and energy of the event was contagious, there were activities for everyone.
When my friend and I decided to find tickets to ride the tram we were delighted to find that the tram was free! We thought that this was a brilliant touch and a lovely novelty for families and friends alike.
There was also a lovely variety of food trucks and restaurants so there were plenty of cuisines to sample. I really enjoyed the Kibbeh in Labaneh and the creamy hot Sahlab: the perfect drink for a cool winter’s evening.
If you have the opportunity, you must visit The Boulevard before the season ends!
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