From eye-popping skyscrapers to sinuous designs…

Saudi Arabia may be making a name for its ancient wonders, but the kingdom’s modern sights are also worth a tour. Discover five of the best examples of cutting-edge architecture in Saudi Arabia.

Kingdom Centre, Riyadh

 

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A sight that is synonymous with modern Saudi Arabia is the Kingdom Centre in capital Riyadh. The 300-metre-tall tower is covered in reflective blue glass, and has been nicknamed ‘the bottle opener’, thanks to its inverted arch opening at the top. Take in the views of Riyadh from the skybridge at the top of the tower.

The King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, Dhahran

 

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Also known as Ithra, the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture opened in 2018. It took 10 years to complete the ambitious project, designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snohetta. Spanning 80,000 square metres, the cultural centre is home to a four-storey library, 18-floor Knowledge Tower, Idea Lab, cinema, performance theatre and two museums.

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre, Riyadh

 

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This futuristic centre bears all the hallmarks of its design team, Zaha Hadid Architects. Sharp angles and sinuous lines combine to stunning effect, with soaring atriums and honeycombed lattice defining the interconnecting spaces.

Majdoul Tower, Riyadh

 

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It may still be under construction, but there’s no denying the head-turning capabilities of Majdoul Tower in Riyadh. The 50-storey residential and hotel tower is the eighth-tallest twisted skyscraper in the world.

King Abdullah Financial District Project, Riyadh

 

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One of the most accessible architectural marvels in Saudi Arabia is Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District Project. The cutting-edge enclave is home to ultra-modern edifices and The303 food and entertainment hub, which are now reopen for business.