Playing tourist

BRAD JACKMAN
Last updated 15:39 05/12/2012

The store is now open and the locals here just can't seem to get enough!!!

We are doing incredibly high averages, with Thursday (first day of the weekend here) being our busiest day!

We managed to take a day off on Saturday and made the most of our free time. We decided to go to Kingdom Tower and go right up to the top and have a look around. (Click here to see the photo gallery)

To get to the top of the tower we had to take 2 different elevators, one took 50 seconds and the other just less than 40.

Once we made it up to the top the views (see picture) were amazing. Once again I realised just how huge the city is. Locals are fond of telling us that it's growing day by day!

The view from Kingdom Tower, Riyadh.

After we came back down to earth, we had to collect Dan from the bridge (he got a little bit of vertigo and didn't make it to the top!).

We had a look around some of the shops that were in the little mall below Kingdom Tower.

All the shops there were very up-market, and all designer clothes!

That night we headed out to dinner and found, of all places, a Japanese restaurant which did Teppanyaki.

Not only was the food amazing, but we were treated to the usual Teppanyaki show as the chef cooked our food in front of us.

On Sunday morning Andy and I were taken to a local market place here in Riyadh by another Kiwi Louise, who we learnt lives just down the road from us.

It was a really awesome experience, seeing all these little shops filled with hand woven rugs (made with 1200 knots per square inch) from all over the Middle East, thick winter robes, trinkets and antique swords - all the detail that went into the pieces were amazing!

After the market we went to see Fort Massmak, which holds a lot of historic sentiment here in Saudi Arabia.

It's the place Abdul-Aziz bin Abdurrahman Al-Saud and his band of men stormed and seized control leading to the unification of the Arabian Peninsula and creating what we know today as Saudi Arabia.

It was really cool to walk through this and see how it's all put together.

The massive fort was made of wooden beams, twine, straw and mud, so for it to still be standing today is testament to the craftsmanship of the people who built it.


Got to get back to the store now, will post again soon!

Brad

- The Wellingtonian

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