Holiday Inn Riyadh
Located in the Nejd region of the Arabian Peninsula, Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia and its largest city. A centre of power, finance and commerce, meetings play an increasingly important role in the economy. We at Holiday Inn Riyadh have no fewer than three hotels here, located in Riyadh’s prime cultural and business areas. With state-of-the-art conference rooms suitable for private functions as well as corporate meetings, we are equally suited for both business and leisure visitors.
Built on a desert oasis around 1500 years ago, Riyadh began life as a small walled city. A lush and fertile region which was for many centuries an important centre of agriculture, it became famous for its orchards and date palms. The arrival of oil brought new riches, with the Saudi government encouraging economic growth by, for example, the privatisation of key utilities such as electricity and telecommunications. Although fossil fuels no longer dominate the economy as they once did, private enterprise continues to dominate Riyadh’s economy, with corporate meetings taking place on a daily basis.
Riyadh’s business and financial district of Olaya houses a large number of big conglomerates and private companies, as well as the HQ of the National Bank. We at Holiday Inn Riyadh have a prestigious hotel right in the centre of this important district: Holiday Inn Riyadh-Al Qasr. Totally renovated in 2007, our luxurious premises occupy a prime position adjoining King Fahd road, the wealthiest area of the city. A glittering thoroughfare of high-rise office buildings, conglomerate headquarters and shopping malls, King Fahd road links directly to King Khaled International Airport. With state-of-the-art conference facilities for up to 1300 delegates, we at Holiday Inn Riyadh-Al Qasr are ideally situated for international conferences and meetings.
Close by is our Holiday Inn Riyadh-Olaya hotel, again conveniently near to the commercial, business and retail centre and just 30 minutes drive from the airport. Those attending trade fairs and conventions at the Exhibition Centre will find it conveniently near, while the government ministry buildings are also close by. As well as conference rooms housing up to 450 delegates, our Holiday Inn Riyadh-Olaya has a staffed business centre. Our executive suites are ideal for breakout sessions and private discussions away from the main meeting rooms.
Sometimes, corporate meetings require smaller, more intimate facilities – a role which our Holiday Inn Riyadh Minhal hotel fulfils admirably. Convenient for the government embassies, Exhibition Centre and main business district, it is also ideally located for meetings concerning health and medicine – Riyadh’s Military Hospital and King Faisal Specialist Hospital are both close by. Our main meeting room will accommodate up to 350 delegates, with the advantage of being separable into three smaller rooms.
Despite its ancestry, Riyadh’s architecture is largely modern, dominated by the Kingdom Centre, the tallest building in Saudi Arabia. However, there are surprising snippets of the past – such as the 19th century Masmak fort, and the mud-brick buildings of Al-Dira. Located on the site of the ancient walled city, this district has been sympathetically rebuilt to reflect the pre-20th century architecture of the Nejd region.
We at Holiday Inn Riyadh are within easy reach of these cultural gems – the perfect excuse to break up meetings with a bit of sightseeing.
Emma writes articles on Meeting Rooms including guides to Holiday Inn Riyadh.
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