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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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  • The Dir'aiyah Fort or city is a must visit. The Old Capital city along the the Valley situated in a wadi is a beauti to see and assimilate. The views are breathtaking and the people helpful and keen !...  more »
  • This is a nice place to walk around in the morning; avoid the Friday and Saturday late afternoons and evenings - it becomes crowded. Friday mornings are also a no-no (everything is closed). The area w...  more »
  • This is a pleasant and interesting historical site that has been extensively renovated. There is a large underground car park and many paths meander across the site.