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. Plan to visit Old Dir'aiyah and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Riyadh attractions using our Riyadh vacation route planner.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Antique city of the Saudi state began more than 300 years old, registered UNESCO World Heritage body. Improvements and renovations currently cannot access it, next to albogiri Park and landscaping and a number of cafes, restaurants and shops, a number of mosques around the beautifully restored antique, wrong with the lack of parking place.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Diriyah was the most important tourist center in Riyadh with old aldaryah classified World Heritage list and is still in the process of renovation and construction there are Wadi Hanifa and albegiri Park and subsequent Kofi shobat, restaurants and many farms and God willing will build a very large mall in the Middle East as it will build a hotel Samhan heritage as it is now planning a huge project called Duc gate will make them God willing tourist area at the national level
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  • August 1, 2017
    You should definitely go there in the evening. I went during ramadan and it was very nice. You can find several places to drink something, eat an ice cream or a quick meal. There's an underground Park which is very convenient. Place for all ages.
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