One of the best things about Saudi Arabia is that it makes you appreciate holidays. People living outside Saudi Arabia often take holidays for granted because they constantly celebrate them. But in Riyadh, it's one of the most exciting things that happen because it's the one time of year where you get to take a break from school and work (depending on the school and job).
Saudi Arabia doesn't celebrate non-Islamic holidays. Some schools even go so far as to bring you to school the day after New Years. But when it comes to Eid, there is so much you can do to enjoy it to the fullest.
1. Take your friends out to Kingdom Center where you can shop and chill out on the top floor
Basically, the last floor of the Kingdom Center is heaven for women. It consists of restaurants that resemble the hottest spot around. Millions of dollars were spent on those restaurants for them to look this luxurious. You can find everything from LED lights to crystal glasses. It's a great place for people to hang out!
2. Celebrate at King Abdulaziz Historical Center
Every year, massive celebrations are held around the Historical Center buildings and the National Museum. Celebrations include Traditional Sword (Aardha) dances, Najdi music, songs, and poetry recital during warm evenings in a beautifully decorated setting.
3. Watch the Eid fireworks organized by the Riyadh Municipality
The fireworks will be held at around 11 p.m. on the first three days of Eid Al Fitr. They are launched from several areas around the city. However, the best places to view the fireworks are the King Fahad Football Stadium, the suspension bridge and the water tower viewing platform, located next to the National Museum.