Internecine struggles between Turki's grandsons led to the fall of the Second Saudi State in at the hand of the rival Al Rashid clan, which ruled from the northern city of Ha'il. In , Muhammad ibn Abdel Wahhab formed an alliance with Muhammad ibn Saud , the ruler of the nearby town of Diriyah.
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However, as Egypt became independent of the Ottoman Empire, Faisal escaped after five years of incarceration, returned to Najd and resumed his reign, ruled till , and consolidated the reign of House of Saud.
Following the death of Faisal, there was rivalry among his sons which situation was exploited by Muhammad bin Rashid who took most of Najd, signed a treaty with the Ottomans and also captured Hasa in In , Abdul Rahman bin Faisal , the third son of Faisal again regained control over Najd and ruled till , whereafter the control was regained by Muhammad bin Raschid.
Internecine struggles between Turki's grandsons led to the fall of the Second Saudi State in at the hand of the rival Al Rashid clan, which ruled from the northern city of Ha'il. The al-Masmak fort dates from that period. Abdul Rahman bin Faisal al-Saud had sought refuge among a tribal community on the outskirts of Najd and then went to Kuwait with his family and stayed in exile. However, his son Abdul Aziz retrieved his ancestral kingdom of Najd in and consolidated his rule by , and further expanded his kingdom to cover "most of the Arabian Peninsula.
However, this established line of succession was broken when King Saud was succeeded by his brother King Faisal in In , Faisal was succeeded by his brother King Khalid. In , King Fahd took the reins from his brother. This new line of succession is among the sons of King Abdul Aziz who has 35 sons; this large family of Ibn Saud hold all key positions in the large kingdom.
From the s, Riyadh "mushroomed" from a relatively narrow, spatially isolated town into a spacious metropolis. The grid pattern in the city was introduced in Since the s, there has been a series of terrorist attacks on locals and foreigners as well as protests against the royal family. On 13 November , a car bomb which detonated outside a classroom building of the Saudi National Guard left six dead, and injured over 60 people. On 8 November , a suicide truck bomb attack in the Muhiya residential area with Saudis and Arab foreigners was responsible for killing 18 and injuring people.
He was appointed mayor in Riyadh has the largest all-female university in the world, the Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University. Riyadh is now the administrative and to a great extent the commercial hub of the Kingdom. According to the Saudi Real Estate Companion , most large companies in the country establish either sole headquarters or a large office in the city.
Most notable among these is King Abdullah Financial District which is fast becoming the key business hub in the city. Though the rank moved up to 69 in , diversification in the economy of the capital is required in order to avoid what the World Bank called a "looming poverty crisis" brought on by lingering low oil prices and rich state benefits.
Since , Riyadh has been the target of missiles from Yemen. Classified as having a hot desert climate Köppen: BWh , temperatures during the summer months are extremely hot.
The average high temperature in August is Winters are warm with cool, windy nights. The overall climate is arid , and the city experiences very little rainfall, especially in summer, but receives a fair amount of rain in March and April. On 1 and 2 April , a massive dust storm hit Riyadh, causing suspension of classes in many schools in the area and cancellation of hundreds of flights, both domestic and international. Riyadh is divided into fourteen branch municipalities,  in addition to the Diplomatic Quarter.
Each branch municipality in turn contains several districts, amounting to over in total, though some districts are divided between more than one branch municipality. Olaya District is the commercial heart of the city,  with accommodation, entertainment, dining and shopping options.
The centre of the city, Al-Bathaa and Al-Deerah, is also its oldest part. The city had a population of 40, inhabitants in and 83, in The most prominent is the Masmak fort and some parts of the original wall structure with its gate which have been restored and reconstructed.
There are also a number of traditional mud-brick houses within these old limits, but they are for the most part dilapidated. Expansion outside the city walls was slow to begin with, although there were some smaller oases and settlements surrounding Riyadh.
The first major construction beyond the walls was King Abdulaziz's Murabba Palace. It was constructed in , completed in , and a household of people moved into it in There are other traditional villages and towns in the area around traditional Riyadh which the urban sprawl reached and currently encompasses.
These include Diriyah , Manfuha and Wadi Laban. Unlike in the early days of development in Riyadh during which vernacular structures were razed to the ground without consideration, there is a new-found appreciation for traditional architecture. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities is making efforts for revitalizing the historic architecture in Riyadh and other parts of the kingdom. The archeological sites at Riyadh which are of historical importance, in which the Municipality of Riyadh is involved, are the five old gates on the old walls of Riyadh.
These are the eastern gate of Thumaira, the northern gate of Al-Suwailen, the southern gate of Dukhna, the western gate of Al-Madhbah and the south-western gate of Shumaisi. This fortress was built around under the reign of Mohammed ibn Abdullah ibn Rasheed AH , the ruler of Ha'il to the north, who had wrested control of the city from the rival clan of Al Saud.
In January Ibn Saud , who was at the time living in exile in Kuwait , succeeded in capturing the Masmak fortress from its Rashid garrison. The event, which restored Saudi control over Riyadh, has acquired almost mythical status in the history of Saudi Arabia. The story of the event is often retold, and has as its central theme the heroism and bravery of the King Abd Abdulaziz Ibn Saud.
The Masmak Fortress is now a museum and is in close proximity to the Clock Tower Square, also known to English-speaking residents as Chop Chop Square , referring to the capital punishment that takes place there. The Kingdom Centre is owned by a group of companies including Kingdom Holding Company , headed by Al-Waleed bin Talal , a prince of the Saudi royal family, and is the headquarters of the holding company.
The Kingdom Centre is the winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award , selected as the "best new skyscraper of the year for design and functionality". A three-level shopping centre, which also won a major design award, fills the east wing.
The large opening is illuminated at night in continuously changing colours. The shopping centre has a separate floor for women only to shop where men are not allowed to enter.
A special aspect of the tower is that it is divided into two parts in the last one third of its height and is linked by a sky-bridge walkway, which provides stunning views of Riyadh. Construction began in and was completed The tower currently contains residential condominium units and a room 5-star Kempinski hotel.
Al Faisaliyah Centre Arabic: The golden ball that lies atop the tower is said to be inspired by a ballpoint pen, and contains a restaurant; immediately below this is an outside viewing deck. There is a shopping centre with major world brands at ground level. Al Faisaliyah Centre also has a hotel at both sides of the tower while the main building is occupied by offices run by different companies. The Al Faisaliyah Tower has 44 stories. It is a vertical cantilever structure which was built between —81, 9: At that time, there were no women on TV because of religious restrictions.
This series created a media revolution back in the s. The National Museum of Saudi Arabia combined several collections and pieces that had up until then been scattered over several institutions and other places in Riyadh and the Kingdom. For example, the meteorite fragment known as the "Camel's Hump" that was on display at the King Saud University in Riyadh became the new entry piece of the National Museum of Saudi Arabia.
Football is the most popular sport in Saudi Arabia. The city hosts four major football clubs, Al Hilal was established in and has won 15 championships in the Saudi Premier League. Another well-known club, Al-Shabab , was established in and holds 6 championships.
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