Mena Hotel Riyadh
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Fitness/Health center
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There is a local traditional Arabic restaurant in Riyadh that we were eager to try. Najd Village is a "sit on the floor" type of restaurant. Easy to get down, not so easy to sit for any length of time or get up but we were game. Arabic food isn't great. It has a fairly plain spice palette and is heavy on the lamb. But, when in Rome.....
We ventured out with Verna ...
... make our own way there when miraculously a 4x4 turned up and delivered us to another business lounge for more food! I could get used to this style of travel yet more was to follow. A one hour flight later we were North west of Riyadh and escorted straight off the plane to a welcoming party and presented with flowers. After some photos, the usual cardamon coffee in a thimble and a plate of dates we were travelling in another 4x4, hurtling down dead straight roads in ...
... well until we were dropped at the hotel (whose name we only got the day before leaving London after several requests), to find at 1am now that we had no reservation. Thankfully our guide was contactable and managed to sort it out enabling us to crash into bed at 2am! We leave later this morning for an internal flight, but not having any information on how to get there I think we will be making our own way there! More to follow ...
... shopping in Saudi Arabia. Concern about being ripped off at the jewelers is alleviated because there are strict rules for shop keepers who will be fined (or worse) for misrepresenting their gold. All you need to know is today's price for gold, they weigh the piece and add a few riyals extra for labour. Many expats purchase gold here and have it appraised at home for twice what they paid here. As well as these household souks there are specialty ...
Another desert safari adventure show produced by Nicole and starring Robert & Verna in lead roles. The opening scene begins with the cast meeting at first light to coordinate the attack plan and their exit strategy. Their goal at the beginning was clear: formation travel to the confrontation area southeast of Riyadh braving the harsh and forbidding desert terrain then luring the cunning and elusive baboon ...