Diplomatic Quarter or DQ in Riyadh is a place where foreign embassies and ambassadors houses are located. The landscape of the DQ overlooks the famous Wadi Hanifa, which has become known for its surroundings unique architecture. In Monday, 15th February I went there with my family, after visiting my aunt’s house to perform al Assr prayer we were good to go and our picnic started. We walked to the Wadi by foot, we did not use any transportation device and that felt liberating!
First we enjoyed a walk to the valley crossing rocks and playgrounds. The walkway was designed for jogging and bicycling. Many foreigners (men and women) passed by us in the way. They were jogging or walking accompanied with their dogs. The weather was surprisingly not hot, there was a peaceful winter breeze coming from the valley that added a magical sense to the whole place. Finally, we were there. The scene of Wadi Hanifa was marvelous and breath-taking. I wanted to stay there forever!
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.*
We sat in a place nearby, and had our Saudi coffee with some desert before we proceeded with our walk.
The view of Wadi Hanifa with the sunset was something I will never forget. It was amazing to watch the assortment of colors that I completely lost track of everyone else. it felt like me and the sky alone.
Our picnic that day could not come in a better timing. I was suffocated in my room for over a month because of the cold weather and the final exams. I believe that I am revolved!