Saqr Al Jazeera

One of Riyadh’s most enjoyable, but least known, museums is situated on the eastern ring road near junction 10.

Put together by the Royal Saudi Air Force, with help from defence firm BAE Systems, it is a museum dedicated to over 75 years of Saudi aviation in all of its aspects.

Containing a mixture of models and real aircraft including a number of planes previously in use by the Royal Saudi Air Force – together with explanatory videos (in English and Arabic), equipment from the planes, simulators and instrumentation – its prized possession is the now fully restored Dakota DC3 (SA-R-1) presented to King Abdul Aziz by President Roosevelt and on which visitors are allowed to climb aboard and see how royalty travelled in the early years of Saudi air travel.

The prevailing theme throughout is how the RSAF developed from flying a few bi-planes to a force which operates some of the most modern aircraft in the world today. Throughout the museum there are interactive video screens that allow visitors to explore this history for themselves.

There are also documents and photographs that reflect the initial stages of the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under King Abdul Aziz.

It is literally a museum with something for everyone including a ‘white-knuckle ride’ near the exit where you are invited to travel into space on a simulator which throws you about with gay abandon as you navigate black holes and avoid a few passing asteroids!

To get to the museum, go south down the Eastern ring road, and the museum is on your right immediately after junction 10.

Entrance: 24 45.32’ N; 46 44.45’E.


  1. Could you advise please on opening times for families and the cost. Thank you.

    1. The Royal Saudi Air Force Museum or Saqr Al-Jazira is located on the East Ring Road of Riyadh between exits 10 and 11. ASaudia Lockheed L-1011 Tristar serves as a gateguard visible from the ring road. Admission is Sr.10 for adults & Sr.5 for children. The museum is open from 9:00am to 12:00 noon and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm daily, closed on Mondays.

  2. I'm afraid it's been a long time since I visited this place, so I cannot advise which days are family and which days are men only :( It was free to visit though, in those days. I'm afraid it's a case of turning up and asking.

  3. We are writing an article for our magazine about the Saudi Airforce Museum and would like to see if you can send us the high resolution images of the above, provided the name of the photographer be mentioned in the article.

  4. @Nada Atieh - can you eMail me directly with details of the magazine and I'll then get back to you. Thanks