Old Dir'aiyah, Riyadh

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Step back in time at the World Heritage Site of Old Dir'aiyah, the former capital of the emirate and home to the first Saud dynasty. The historic town dates back to as early as the 15th century and was expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries, reaching the peak of its glory under the Saudi royal family. Take a guided tour of the restored ruins to learn about the rich culture and history of the city and admire the ancient mud-brick palaces and courtyards. Arrange to visit Old Dir'aiyah and other attractions in Riyadh using our Riyadh vacation planner.
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  • Historic district you must visit for those interested in visiting the city of Riyadh, there are bus trips from isolated areas and upper downtown to golf courses
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  • Located to the northwest of Riyadh, Old Dir'aiyah is undergoing a makeover and expansion that provides a clear sense of the Kingdom's interest in encouraging tourism. An original capital of the Saudi ...  more »
  • This is an excellent visit if you like history. The history here is great. Definitely worth travelling here. Take a Saudi friend from the area with you. Do not rely on expats for the history lesson he...  more »

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