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Old Dir'aiyah, Riyadh
(3.5/5 based on 200 reviews on the web)
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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  • A lovely place for some history of Riyadh. Great shops and restaurants adjacent, and lots of people having picnics on cooler days. 
  • Excellent place to visit if you want a feel of what Riyadh was like in the past. Will be great once all the renovation work is done. 
  • Old Diraiyah is really an excellent place to visit. The restorations and improvements to the area has been wonderful. It is such a historic area and to see the way the buildings have been restored is ...  more »