The incredible lightness of Riyadh

The incredible lightness of Riyadh

Welcome to the 69 new techies who have joined us since last Friday. If you haven’t already, subscribe and join our community in receiving weekly tech insights, updates, and interviews with industry experts straight to your inbox.


This week we’re quoting Amy Peck (Founder and CEO at Endeavour XR)

What Peck said:

“I am still so inspired by the event and the future vision in Saudi – I don’t think it will ever fade!” 

What was she talking about?

LEAP, of course. 

And one of the inspiring things about LEAP is its location: in Riyadh, a city that has been undergoing unprecedented transformation in recent years. 

When we talk to international attendees on the ground at the event, they almost always tell us how glad they are to have the opportunity to visit Riyadh. It’s not a city that’s on most people’s ‘to visit’ list – and yet when you get here, you discover a place that can quietly change your perspective and inspire new ideas about the future.  

What’s so good about Riyadh? 

OK, we know we’re biased. We spend a lot of time in this city – so we get to see it in every light.

And speaking of light: Riyadh is naturally one of the brightest cities in the world, averaging more than eight hours of sunlight each day. 

When the sun goes down, smart city technology powers up; and Riyadh is illuminated by street lighting that casts a magical glow over your evenings here. 

But enough about light for a moment. We wanted to give you the scoop on some incredible places you can visit while you’re here – so when you need a little downtime from the buzz of LEAP, you can step out and experience the city. 

We recommend…

  • Kingdom Centre Tower. A 41-story building that houses stunning apartments and the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, head here to take in panoramic views of the city from the 56-metre skybridge.
  • National Museum of Saudi Arabia. It’s next to the Murabba Palace (which was the first building to be constructed outside the walls of the old city), and it’s an ideal place to expand your knowledge of the country’s history. LEAP is packed with new technologies – so if you need to reconnect with the past, come to the museum to explore a collection of historic artefacts.
  • The 303. If you want a chilled out evening, complete with a fancy cinema and all the food stalls you could wish for, make your way to this modern complex in the financial district.
  • Old Diriyah. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this was the original home of the royal family. You can explore the beautiful historic buildings and learn about the significance of this area – under a gorgeous Saudi Arabia sky.
  • Diplomatic Quarter. If you want to relax, stop for a coffee at a local cafe, enjoy a delicious meal, or take a walking trail to enjoy the city – this is the place for you.
  • Al Rajhi Mosque. It’s the largest mosque in Riyadh, with capacity for 18,000 men and 2,500 women. If you’re interested in learning more about what the mosque offers and the role it plays in the community, you can take a guided tour to discover local knowledge about this culturally important place.
  • Souq al-Thumairi. This local shopping location near the Masmak Fort (also worth a visit) is the perfect spot to buy local handicrafts, perfume, traditional clothes, jewellery, and more. If you’ve promised you’ll bring gifts home from Riyadh this is definitely the place to go.
  • Red Sand Dunes. Searching for somewhere to burn some energy and experience the wonder of the desert? Close to Riyadh, the Red Sand Dunes hosts tours and adventure activities (from safari trips and camel riding, to quad biking and hiking) – and if you have an affinity with birds, you could even try your hand at falconry. 

Listen; we know you’ll be busy at LEAP

We’ve got a lot planned for LEAP 2024, and we know you’ll be busy. But as you’re coming to Riyadh anyway, it’d be a shame not to stay an extra day or two and experience this unique city. 

Just be warned: there’s a strong chance you’ll want to visit again. There’s nothing quite like the light of a Riyadh sunset – a memory that really will never fade. 

Have you been to Riyadh before – or are you a local?

We’d love to know your favourite places to hang out, eat, and soak up the atmosphere. Open this newsletter on LinkedIn and add your suggestions in the comments. 


Before you stop reading...👀

Get your copy of the two latest articles of LEAP's quarterly digital magazine - LEAP Forward

This week, explore how creative storytelling is being redefined, leveraging cutting-edge technology to captivate audiences and create immersive experiences. Read the article to on 'Redefining Creative Storytelling' now.

Also, discover the six new initiatives launched by Saudi Arabia's National Technology Development Program (NTDP), aimed at fostering a thriving tech ecosystem and driving innovation by 2030.


Have you subscribed to DeepFest AI's weekly newsletter yet? 📩 

DeepDive's latest edition spotlights the women that are making an impact in AI. 

Spoiler: Some of them are speaking at #DeepFest24! 😲

According to the World Economic Forum 🌎, only around 30% of workers in AI in 2022 were women. That’s up from 26% in 2020; but in a sector that has such huge potential to change the way we live our lives, it’s crucial that the workforce is #diverse – in gender, race, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Read more in this week's newsletter to explore the changes that have transformed the industry in the last few years and how we can work together to make positive change.

Subscribe now to the LinkedIn newsletter to get it straight to your feed or to the LEAP:IN content platform to get it straight to your inbox. 


Have an idea for a topic you'd like us to cover? We're eager to hear it! Drop us a message and share your thoughts.

Catch you next week,
Richard McKeon
Marketing Director

P.S. - Mark your calendars for LEAP 2024 📅 4-7 March 2024. Want to be a part of the action?

Related
articles

AI leaders step towards global standards

Welcome to the 43 new deep divers who joined us since last Wednesday. If you haven’t already, subscribe and join our community in receiving weekly AI insights, updates, and interviews with industry experts straight to your feed. DeepDive Your weekly immersion in AI.  On May 21st, it was announced

How to capture the curiosity of youth

Welcome to the 233 new techies who have joined us since last Friday. If you haven’t already, subscribe and join our community in receiving weekly tech insights, updates, and interviews with industry experts straight to your inbox. This week we’re quoting Marco Quarta (Co-Founder and CEO at Rubedo

Does AI get the joke?

Welcome to the 42 new deep divers who joined us since last Wednesday. If you haven’t already, subscribe and join our community in receiving weekly AI insights, updates, and interviews with industry experts straight to your feed. DeepDive Your weekly immersion in AI.  People are funny. We make jokes,