When I was a new kid in
town the city, I was paranoid whenever I go out. I know that I'm pretty much good with directions (even though I was convinced at first that I'll probably have a hard time memorizing the pasikot-sikot of Riyadh's streets) but I want to be prepared and I do want to know where I'm going first. I hate being lost in Riyadh because it's not a good idea to be lost in Riyadh (or anywhere in the Kingdom) because street signs are written in Arabic (although thank God most major thoroughfares now have English translation) and people on the streets are Arabic-speaking. And with all the scary stories I hear from some kabayans, I do not want to trust other people fully.
One thing that helped me ease into the Riyadh life
It contains A LOT! It has general information on Saudi Arabia, international calling codes, arriving in Riyadh, and a survival guide for expats (working visas, residential compunds, schools for the kids, etc.). It has hotel and restaurant guides. It even has my favorite shopping guide wherein major shopping streets are highlighted. It's easier to look for a certain shop. (The PT ladies have no prolem with the malls though; we know where they are even if our eyes are closed, hehe!). Of course there's a directory of shops and services with addresses and telephone numbers. There's even a folded map attached at the back.
I love the new size of this guide too. It's more compact and handy than 2008's. It's also more chockful of info with new articles featuring the Janadriyah Festival and other tourist places in the Kingdom. I didn't buy the 2009 edition because it's probably more or less the same with 2008. And 2009 has been the discovery year for the me and the Pink Tarha ladies. We didn't need a guide, we just go where we want to... shop and eat!
I think there's Jeddah Today. So, if you want some handy guide to the cities of Saudi Arabia, go and grab one now! (I do read like an advertisement, hehe!)