As the long-standing financial capital of the country, Riyadh is a decidedly formal city when it comes to doing business. Even in the city’s warm climate, conservative business attire is expected.
- While locals will typically be outfitted in the traditional thawbs, foreigners are welcome to wear Western business clothing like dark suits and long dresses.
- Women should plan on wearing an abaya for any meetings in a public setting. The long, black flowing robe is similar to the thawb and covers the body entirely from neck to ankles.
- Footwear for women should be smart and sensible — a low heel with either an open- or closed-toe is appropriate.