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What I found on my globe-trotting journey at Riyadh’s Boulevard World

Riyadh Season has launched its newest addition to the city-wide pageant.

Boulevard World is a sprawling 1.2 kilometer web site related to Boulevard Metropolis by way of a three-minute cable automotive experience.

The place the latter venue is geared in direction of leisure and positive eating, tradition is on the coronary heart of Boulevard World.

Open every day till January 22, Boulevard World options zones impressed by 10 nations with guests inspired to “journey the world” and pattern the cultures and traditions of a number of the most storied locations.

Keep in mind such a journey takes time and good strolling sneakers.

My tour of Boulevard World, spanning 4 hours and 8km, was thought-about by my information as “an categorical go to”.

He wasn’t joking. Such is the scope and element of the mammoth venue it deserves a few guests to take all of it in.

Here’s what you could find at every of the nations exhibited in Boulevard World.

1. France

Boulevard World’s ambition to convey the world to Riyadh is instantly obvious upon stepping foot within the France zone, one of many first main websites when getting into the venue.

After sampling the tropical vibes of the Misplaced Mountains exhibit on the most important gates, you might be ushered on to the streets of Paris, full with a duplicate of the Arc de Triomphe.

The streets are lined with cafes, patisseries and retailers promoting the perfect of Gallic style and design.

A concave-shaped Imax-size display screen can be available projecting a digital picture of the Eiffel Tower lined with flowers in bloom.

2. The US

The sounds of summery French accordions make means for the gritty rock sounds of Las Vegas.

The get together metropolis’s Space 15 leisure venue makes a pop-up look at Boulevard World.

From digital actuality video games and neon-lit artwork installations to indoor golf and billiards, the area is cool, loud and kinetic.

Lower than 50 meters on and you might be transported to Hollywood with pretend palm bushes, movie posters and eating places promoting all-American classics reminiscent of burgers and scorching canines.

3. Spain

Stroll down a miniature model of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and you will see that your self in Spain.

Flamenco music is supplied by a troupe performing in a courtyard impressed by Madrid’s Plaza Mayor.

The nation’s delicacies is highlighted with a restaurant cooking up paella for Dh50 a plate, and serving alcohol-free sangria.

4. Mexico

Ancient Mexico is celebrated at Boulevard World.  Photo: Riyadh Season

The Mayan civilization is highlighted in Mexico with a duplicate of Kukulkan, a pyramid-shaped archeological web site.

Along with stay music by a people ensemble, there’s a stand displaying the refined straw-weaving method used to create Mexican sombreros.


Undergo the youngsters’s pleasant Enjoyable Zone—with its clowns and carousels and the self-explanatory Slime Village—and you might be hit with the aroma of earthy spices and the twanging sounds of the sitar.

The alley turns into narrower, lined by distributors promoting samosa and masala chai, earlier than you come nose to nose with a duplicate of the Taj Mahal.

On the opposite aspect is a stay stage with a conventional music ensemble taking part in common reveals.

And tucked away in alleyways are retailers promoting spices and materials.

Low season, the location will host the Hindu Holi celebration in March, so anticipate this space to be a hub of coloration and celebration.


With Boulevard World’s majestic handmade lakes and rivers, it is just proper the Italian zone is impressed by Venice.

Boats ferry you for a romantic cruise in Italy and village courtyards are residence to theatrical and people music performances.

In fact, you may’t go to Italy with out attempting the meals.

Along with well-made espressos, make sure to strive the pizza fritta, which is principally a fried margarita pizza slice.


A footbridge hyperlinks a serene Italian piazza to a bustling Moroccan medina.

As the one Arab nation represented to this point in Boulevard World, Morocco does the area proud.

In accordance with my Moroccan journey companion, the medina’s structure — with its horseshoe arches, arabesque motifs and picket surfaces — resembles the markets of Fes.

Distributors promote all the things from native materials and colourful leather-based sandals to the North African nation’s signature inexperienced tea and argan oil.

All that commerce — bargaining is allowed — is sound tracked by thumping percussion and spiritual chants of people troupes performing close to by.


A cable car soars over the beautiful Greek zone at Boulevard World.  Photo: Riyadh Season

As a substitute of conjuring up the majesty of the Acropolis in Athens, Boulevard World takes the surprising route with Santorini being the inspiration for the Greek zone.

The blue-domed and white-walled buildings synonymous with the picturesque island dot the location amongst varied sculptures.

Folks dances are carried out every day in a mini Greek amphitheatre.

Culinary choices are principally dessert dishes with the baklava being a favourite with guests.


You may expertise the adrenalin and sensory overload of Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing at a duplicate of the well-known intersection.

The element is spectacular, with the pedestrian crossing (with buggies moderately than bigger autos on the car-free web site) flanked by flashing neon-lit buildings.

Stroll additional into the motion and you will see that varied ticketed anime exhibitions, Japanese eating places and an enormous mannequin of the favored Seventies anime character UFO Robo Grendizer peering moderately menacingly over the crowds.

10.Chinese language

In case your go to follows a round route, you’ll finish your Boulevard World expertise in China.

The positioning has most of the nation’s architectural motifs, reminiscent of purple curved roofs, and options an outside market specializing principally in arts and crafts.

A meals courtroom is positioned inside, with a menu of noodles, spring rolls and dumplings.

Boulevard World’s greatest experience can be right here. Named Dragon’s Fury, the ticketed hair-raising spectacle has you strapped to your seat whereas twisting and turning at an eye-watering peak.

Boulevard World is open every day from 3pm to 11pm till January 22. Tickets are 100 Saudi riyals ($26) on weekdays and 150 Saudi riyals on weekends from

Up to date: January 13, 2023, 6:02 PM

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