Set in the heart of Saudi Arabia, Al-Kharj is a vibrant city surrounded by date palm plantations, citrus orchards and dairy farms. It's a fascinating place to discover history, culture and Bedouin traditions and a great base for exploring Saudi Arabia’s vibrant capital.
Things to do
Al-Kharj is anchored by the magnificent King Abdulaziz Palace. Completed in 1945, the luxury residence is surrounded by emerald green gardens and sun-dappled courtyards. Today the palace houses a cultural museum that's open to the public. Highlights include historic royal garments, local handicrafts and photos of King Abdulaziz.
Home to a host of exotic animals, the Al-Kharj Zoo is a favourite with families. You can get face-to-face with giraffes, monkeys and birds of prey. Make a day of it and enjoy a picnic in the grassy grounds.
For a luxurious night out, dine at the Al-Kharj Water Tower and Revolving Restaurant. The tower is one of the city's most iconic landmarks and is topped by a high-end restaurant. It slowly rotates, giving you 360-degree views over the city.
Head to the outskirts of the city to find a pair of deep wells that were once used to irrigate the city. According to local folklore, they were carved into the ground by two fallen stars.
Al-Kharj is serviced local buses and taxis. The drive to Riyadh takes around one hour. Local trains run between Al-Kharj and nearby cities like Riyadh and Dammam.
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