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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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  • This is the actual first city of Riyadh. Lots of old mud buildings built in traditional Saudi style. The only issue I had was that the Saudis seem to think restoring means building anew. They have eve...  more »
  • Perfect place for family picnic, but nothing special and unique. Currently the old house area is under renovated and no way to get in. Enjoy the sun (as you always did in Riyadh) and have a cup of cof...  more »
  • Very interesting to see the remains of the ancient seat of the House of Saud, climb to the defensive wall along the edge of Wadi Hanifa. Could not wait until the actual old township renovation is comp...  more »