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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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  • Nice to see the history of old Riyadh proteced. Beautiful view of old buildings Can be visit any time.  more »
  • We had a really nice morning here, took my daughter who had flown in from Abu Dhabi. We were invited to have tea in a park by a Saudi gentleman and his mother, which was very special. If you want a re...  more »
  • Still under construction. However i had the chance to visit the area before the rebuild project. It was amazing by then. Looking forward to revisit old deraiyah once the restoration project is complet...  more »