Riyadh (/rɨˈjɑːd/; Arabic: الرياض ar-RiyāḍNajdi pronunciation: [er.rɪˈjɑːdˤ], is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Najd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 5.7 million people, and the urban centre of a region with a population of close to 7.3million people.
The city is divided into 15 municipal districts, managed by Riyadh Municipality headed by the mayor of Riyadh, and the Riyadh Development Authority, chaired by the governor of Riyadh Province, Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud. The current mayor of Riyadh is Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Almogbel, appointed in 2012. Riyadh has the largest all-female university in the world, the Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University. It has been designated a global city.
During the Pre-Islamic era the city at the site was called Hajr (Arabic:حجر), and was reportedly founded by the tribe of Banu Hanifa. Hajr served as the capital of the province of Al Yamamah, whose governors were responsible for most of central and eastern Arabia during the Umayyad and Abbasid eras. Al-Yamamah broke away from the Abbasid Empire in 866 and the area fell under the rule of the Ukhaydhirites, who moved the capital from Hajr to nearby Al Kharj. The city then went into a long period of decline. In the 14th century, North African traveller Ibn Battuta wrote of his visit to Hajr, describing it as "the main city of Al-Yamamah, and its name is Hajr". Ibn Battuta goes on to describe it as a city of canals and trees with most of its inhabitants belonging to Bani Hanifa, and reports that he continued on with their leader to Mecca to perform the Hajj.
In the last couple of years, the country hosted its first-ever FashionWeek in Riyadh in 2018, the Dubai-based Arab Fashion Council opened up an office in Riyadh and Saudi fashion designers are getting more recognition than ever as they lay the groundwork for a real, thriving fashion industry.
The stakes were high at the 2021 Saudi Cup — dubbed “the world’s richest horse race” — and while the action took place at the King Abdul Aziz race track in Riyadh, most eyes and camera lenses were fixated on the fashion displayed during the event ... Scroll down to see some of our favorite fashion looks from the 2021 Saudi Cup.
The private event was attended by a mixed-sex audience on the diplomatically sanctified grounds of the Belgian ambassador's residence in Riyadh on Saturday ...Models walks during the presentation of the collection by Saudi and Belgian designers Safia Hussein and Christophe Beaufays, at the Belgian embassy in Riyadh on Saturday.
A model displays the latest collection of abayas by Safia Hussain, during a fashion show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia... A model displays the latest collection of abayas by Safia Hussain, during a fashion show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ... A model displays the latest collection of abayas by Safia Hussain, during a fashion show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
RIYADH. The Ministry of Culture continues to receive requests for registration to take part in its Fashion Incubation Program. The hackathon is designed to uncover, support and promote local creatives and entrepreneurs in the fashion sector ... fashion professionals.
RIYADH. The Ministry of Culture launched its Fashion Incubation Program on Thursday. The program is designed to uncover, support and promote local creatives and entrepreneurs in the fashion sector ... and international fashion professionals.
Somali-American model Halima Aden is widely credited as being the first hijab-wearing woman in mainstream fashion shows ... She wore braces during MilanFashionWeek ... In November 2019, Aden made her first visit to Saudi Arabia for the kingdom’s Fashion Futures event in Riyadh, which aimed to promote and foster Saudi Arabia's fashion industry.
JEDDAH. Rather than aspire for globalized standards and designs, Saudi businesses have started looking inward to represent their surroundings and their cultures ... Faisal Al-Hassan, a co-founder of Own Design, said that the most memorable encounter for the fashion brand was during last year’s brand pop-up in the MDLBeastFestival in Riyadh ... ....