Riyadh – from above

12 Oct

This is the Faisaliah Tower on Olaya Street in the centre of Riyadh.

There is a viewing deck just below the ball (also know as The Globe) at the top. The Globe contains a revolving restaurant which also does a great ‘high tea’ in the afternoons.

This is the view over Riyadh from said viewing deck. The sky is NEVER this blue, I had to manipulate the photos a little to create some contrast otherwise the view just looks grey, which truth be told, it actually is.


4 Responses to “Riyadh – from above”

  1. SHARON BADENHORST October 14, 2010 at 7:40 am #



    • dustbusting October 15, 2010 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Sharon

      So few trees out on the streets, huh. It can be a bit soul destroying to not see much greenery. The sky is always beige, the buildings are various shades of beige. Even the tar roads turn beige thanks to all the dust blown in from the desert every day. We are always gob-smacked when we travel away from the Land of Sand as the colours in non-desert areas is just amazing to us. We really appreciate blue skies and green grass these days.

  2. jana October 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Whatever you did to the photos, it looks great! I wish I had that idea before I deleted a whole bunch of pictures from Seoul simply because they were too “dull” – grey and brown from the ever-present smog. Is that the case in Riyadh, too?

    • dustbusting October 15, 2010 at 8:03 am #

      It is very much the case, Jana. In this part of the world it is dust though. Tons and tons of sand blows into the city everyday from the surrounding desert. We are forever wiping down our outdoor furniture, window sills and patio’s as the dust collects in a matter of hours. I have made peace with it but it took me a while. It just feels dirty all the time and we can’t leave doors and windows open for very long as the house then gets covered in a fine layer of dust. But we have good days and bad days, some days are better than others. It’s not world ending stuff but it can be frustrating.

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