In general, the weather in Saudi Arabia is very dry, with very high temperatures in the Summer, specially in the central parts and northern of the country.
The weather in Riyadh is desertic during almost the whole year, very hot the whole day with temperatures which can easily rise the 45ºC. the hottest months are between April and October and the coldest from November and February, when temperatures are around the 10ºC. the country is quiet arid but the capital has some rains throghout the year. During the months of March and April the Red Sea coast has lots of rains usually.
Rial (SAR). The best and safest currency exchange in Saudi Arabia is in the banks, the Atm’s and currency exchange offices have a bit higher comissions. It is interesting to take into a count that the currency exchange in the airports is safe but the taxes are higher. It is not recommended to exchange money in the black market, you could have problems.
When to go
Definetely Winter. Between the months of November and March it is when the temperatures in Riyadh are more mild and nice tovisit the capital city of Saudi Arabia, even there are also some rains.During the Summer between June and August, the temperatures are too high, with an avarage of 45ºC! this makes it more difficult to travel around the capital and its surroundings. Spring and Autumn are also good moments to visit Riyadh.
2 days. Riyadh is a good place to catch the essence of the more international part of the country and some of the most important touristic landmarks. But Saudi Arabia offers much more to the tourist and after spending 2 days in the capital it is recommended to start travelling around in other corners of the country.
In general, shops are open from Saturday to Thursday from 09.00h to 13.00h and from 16.30h to 20.00h but in the Ramadan period this varies quiet a lot, opening many of them from 20.00h to 01.00h. Some institutional buildings open from 09.00h to 12.00h and from 16.00 to 00.00h to avoid the hottest hours of the day. During the 5 prays of the day, some shops and restaurants close around 20 minutes so the workers can pray.