A city’s embassy quarter isn’t always as cut and dried as it sounds. The Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh, or “the DQ” as it’s referred to, is a hive of energy with its many cultural attractions, retail outlets and wealth of recreational activities. Buzzing during the day and safe and sound when the lights go out, the DQ might just be the perfect place for long-term stays and spacious accommodation in the Saudi capital.
A Buzzing Location
Peppered with lush greenery and date palms, the DQ is certainly easy on the eyes. The home base of over 80 foreign embassies and diplomatic groups, it’s often referred to as a city within a city for its pristine, oasis-like feel. It’s here that the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter has just opened its doors. Offering 110 stylish rooms and suites outfitted with kitchens or kitchenettes, guests can book 32 to 190 square-meter accommodation for up to six guests. Complete with 24-hour room service and complimentary access to the health club, they’re the perfect choice for long-term lets with the family or short-term stays on business. Like most accommodation options in the DQ, you can expect an emphasis on privacy and security, and service that caters to all your needs – from kids’ entertainment to wellness rituals – and a buzz of excitement on weekends from day to night.
Explore the Neighborhood
With no shortage of walking and biking paths, the DQ makes a huge effort to accommodate its residents and visitors. You’ll find plenty of shops and bustling souks, restaurants and cafés without having to venture into the city, and the palm-filled gardens are a popular go-to when families get together for picnics. Visit the Cultural Palace, Tuwaiq Palace and Al-Kindi Plaza with its mosque to soak up some of the area’s most iconic attractions. There’s also the amazing Wadi Hanifah area that borders the DQ: The longest and most important valley near Riyadh, with a vast park and lakes, perfect for a day of relaxation.
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The Best of both Worlds
Just 30 minutes’ drive from the airport and 20 minutes from central Riyadh, the DQ offers the perfect slice of life a stone’s throw from the skyscraper-studded capital. And with your base at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter, you can book one of the upscale meeting venues for a conference, host a social gathering at the hotel’s vibrant, all-day restaurant Larder, or relax by the pool. You can also benefit from free onsite parking and make use of the hotel’s transportation services to get to the airport or even to the city – so you’re never too far from your next adventure.