Riyadh is 1,000 km2, and we are far from the center:
From the 1940s, Riyadh "mushroomed" from a relatively narrow, spatially isolated town into a spacious metropolis... Following the example of American cities, new settlements and entire neighborhoods were created in grid-like squares of a chess board created and connected by high-performance main roads to the inner areas.The compound itself is MASSIVE and mostly under construction (it seems the construction workers are leaving google reviews of KAPSARC). We have excellent living quarters.
The largest female-only university in the world is next door. They have a monorail and very tall walls.
@Fahad and others. What do I need to know about #water in #Riyadh or #saudi? I'm here for a month @KAPSARCWe have a reliable supply of potable water from our wells. The water shortages reported as late as 2012 seem to have gone away in recent years, but some neighborhoods depend on water delivered in tanker trucks.
— David Zetland (@aguanomics) May 5, 2014
The compound has a very beautiful mosque that's named after the king.
The layout echoes the US in several ways (weights are in pounds and letter-sized paper in a metric country). I found this intersection to be less-than-optimal for pedestrians. First, it has stop signs instead of a roundabout (stopping without cars in sight is strange). Second, the pedestrian crossing passes through the landscaping. I tend to cross "overland" anyways.
Addendum: (1) No replies to my tweet so far. I need more Arabic cred. (2) I tried to tell housekeeping to stop (straightening my toothbrush, etc.), but they are relentless(ly underemployed), so I left dirty dishes in the sink (I never do that), and now they're clean. Can I get tax credits as a job creator?