Diplomatic Quarter (DQ) which is home to beautiful
palm fringed gardens where you can while away a few hours under the shade of a
The Diplomatic Quarter, or DQ as it is popularly known, is home
to foreign embassies and international organizations as well as residential
structures and malls. With lush gardens and numerous sports facilities, it is
also one of the city’s greenest areas. It is especially known for its fine
architecture, and is considered a model for other Islamic cities around the
The landscapes of Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter have become
one of the kingdom’s most precious urban resources and perhaps Saudi Arabia’s
most accomplished work of "green architecture."
Walking through the DQ’s parks today, it is difficult even
for those of us who helped design them to realize that, in the mid-1970’s, the
area was merely a featureless continuation of the bare and rocky Saudi desert.
From its inception, the DQ was treated as an
urban project within the capital city’s development, with the aim of achieving
maximum integration, interaction, and coordination with the rest of Riyadh. Its
site is on the western edge of the city, bordering the Wadi Hanifah, and its
basic organizing principle, in terms of land use, is a central spine linking
individual neighborhood units.
The core area was designated for embassy
buildings and central facilities such as banks, supermarkets, hospitals,
community centers, police and fire stations, and Friday mosques. Each of the
neighborhood units—five in all—was linked to the core by a ring road or beltway
and featured its own appropriate facilities: schools, kindergartens, shopping
centers, neighborhood centers, residential areas, and mosques.
Pathways, seating areas and picnic places are likely positioned
to take full advantage of views into the Wadi Hanifah, to give sunset views and
catch cool evening breezes. For
exercisers, there are walkways and jogging paths, bicycle paths, exercise
circuits and playing fields.
The main entrance to the Diplomatic Quarter is on the new
Makkah Road, (Route 4O W), near to King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital. You can
join the path at different points. Drive to one of the edges of the Quarter and
walk through one of the little gardens to join the path, which does a complete
circuit of the Diplomatic Quarter.
You can make a day trip to Diplomatic Quarter in less than
1hr from any part of ArRiyadh.
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