Snapshots of Riyadh #2 by Paul Tupman

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Greetings from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia… Wish you were Here!

In a conservative city where photography has not been that long legal, opportunities to capture some shots of the city can be few and far between.

The Al Faisaliyah Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
February 2009

The Al Faisaliyah Center (or Al Faisaliah Center, Arabic: برج الفيصلية‎) is a commercial skyscraper located in the business district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is the second tallest building in Saudi Arabia after the Kingdom Centre. Immediately below it at ground level, there is a shopping center with major world brands. The Al Faisaliyah Center is about 267 meters high and consists of 44 floors.

The 4 corner beams of the al faisaliyah centre join at the top above a golden ball. The design is said to be based on that of a ballpoint pen. Inside the golden ball is a luxury restaurant. There is a clear view of Saudi Arabia’s other skyscraper, the Kingdom Centre, from the Al Faisaliyah Center and the two buildings create a silhouetted skyline in the evening. The tower was designed by UK based architects Foster and Partners and engineers Buro Happold. It is part of a Al Faisaliyah Complex, which consists of a hotel, the tower, and two other buildings.

Source: Wikipedia


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  • DesImages
    DesImagesabout 5 years ago

    I love these tantalising glimpses of parts of buildings. They really give a sense of so much being hidden.

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Beaut clouds again, gorgeous trees on the edges, and shapes to delight!

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