Riyadh is a busy hustling city, some might think it is impossible to find serene place to spend your afternoon. That's not quite true though, at least you will think so after you visited Salam Park. Stretches across 25 hectares land, Salam Park in Riyadh is widely known for its verdant trees, refreshing man-made lake, that makes the park as a perfect destination for park-goers. Above all, it is also one of few places in Riyadh where you can breath in fresh unpolluted air as much as you want.
Have a Peaceful Afternoon Stroll in Salaam Park Riyadh
Salaam Park's History
Do you know what Salaam Park previously was? Apparently the land used to be a large traditional private date plantations that also housed a residential palace, government buildings, and centuries old mosque. Later, the owner decided to convert his plantations to a green park just so everyone else can have a perfect place to relax. The owner's good intention was greatly welcomed by everyone including the government. Soon, more facilities are added to the park. They even have 4 different zones each with their own charming points.
Salaam Park's Location
So where Salaam Park is at? The verdant park is located in the Qasr Al Hokm Area. It is highly accessible by any means of public transportations. You can easily find the park if you drive from King Fahd Road, Tariq bin Ziad Road, Salam Road, or Aseer Road. Those four roads are bordered with Salaam park, you might even spot the park when you drive along one of the roads.
The Lake Area
The Lake Area is like the main attraction of Salaam Park. Most visitors love to chill around the superficial lake, there are boats available that you can use for a fun relaxing boat ride. The main charm of this place is however, there's a dancing fountain that blow water up to 40 meter. At certain times, music will be played and you can see the fountain water dances with the rhtym. Colorful lights even makes the whole view gets even more spectacular. One interesting fact about the lake is that it actually act as a water reservoir for certain parts of the park. While some parts in the park is used for vacation purpose, the other act like a small habitat of certain species of birds.
The Palm Grove Area
While it have been turned into a park, you still can see a glimpse of what Salaam Park used to be. Located on the northern side of the park is a palm grove with over 1,300 date trees sprawling around the area. All of them are well-groomed, you can clearly see it from how healthy they look. The palm grove also provide enough shade for those who wants to escape from the heat of the sun. It makes a great picnic spot, especially because there's a children playground area nearby. Parents can watch their children play in the playground while they sit comfortably beneath the shade.
The Hillside Area
The most popular area for afternoon joggers is the Hillside Area. Located at the central part of the park, the area offer a very interesting landscape that elaborate the excavation materials from the lake. You can see the overview of the lake and the parkland. There are two divided paths in the area. The first one is for people who would love to just stroll around, while the other one with circular avenue is designated for those who'd love to do some jogging. There's also a charming bridge that makes the park even more scenic.
The Ecological Area
The last part of Salaam Park that is located at the south-eastern corner of the Lake area is a special area spesifically designed for the wildlife. It is somewhat like a natural conservation, even visitors can't enter the area freely. The visitors who want to visit the area is strictly limited, and it is for a good cause. They'd like to keep the area as natural as possible from human intervention.
How to Get Tickets?
To enter Salaam Park and to enjoy all attractions inside you only have to pay SR 5 or $1.33 USD.
How To Get Around?
While the Salaam Park is quite spacious, all areas can be accessed by walking on foot. You can also ride on a small train that will takes you around the park. Don't forget that you can also rent a boat to go around the scenic lake.
What Should I Wear?
Saudi Arabia is one of the most conservative countries in the world, especially when it comes to clothing. While the country starting to embrace changes and become more progressive, it will be too much if you expect you can roam around in a tanktop and short (not that they will hunt you down for that, though you might receive some stares from locals). Wear loose-fitting clothes or abaya if you'd prefer to blend with the crowd. Unless if you are going to the holy cities like Mecca and Madina, then yes, wearing abaya (for females) and thawbs (for males) are mandatory.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Salaam Park is obviously in the afternoon or in the evening. The weather will be much cooler and more pleasant. The park might get crowded during weekend so you might want to visit in weekdays instead.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you can find all informations you need about Saalam Park from this website.
How To Get There?
You can easily reach Salaam Park by driving a car (only if you own a driving license and familiar with the traffic). Otherwise you can go to the park by taxi, although it might cost you more but it is also the most convenient way to go around Riyadh for tourists.
Don't forget to bring a pair of sunglasses especially if you go to Salaam Park at noon. It will protect you from the intense sun rays. If you forget to bring your own picnic mat, you can buy one for SR 15 from vendors selling their goods around the park's entrance.