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Address: Thumeiry Street, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Description: These ruins of the first capital of Saudi Arabia consist of walls, houses...
These ruins of the first capital of Saudi Arabia consist of walls, houses and palaces, some of which have been restored
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Riyadh 100 Years Ago

really if you want to see Riyadh before how it was and how people were living you should go there and expect the old city with many mud houses You should choose good time... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

really if you want to see Riyadh before how it was and how people were living you should go there and expect the old city with many mud houses You should choose good time because summer time is very hot and the old city in open area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I visited on eid holidays. There were many sites to see inside this historical place. It's so clean and well maintained site. if you go much further near the dam and spot good place for BarBQ, this site so quite to hear the pin drop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A good deal of travel to reach the place, but its really worth it. it has old palaces and green patches and nice places for picnic with the family. many people come to barbeque meat in the noon and many more will be coming in the evening too. You will enjoy a lot, people play games, badminton, frisbee etc. Hardly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

It is a Unesco World site. It is not done yet but the archectects and archeologests are doing a great job. I can't wait until it opens to the public (we had a private tour). There will be a light show like in Cairo.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I visited this area about a month ago. It was really nice and I would really recommend to visit it at least once. While you are in one of the restaurants you will be able to see a nice view of OLD Deriah. Just make sure that you don't go there during summer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I've been walking around Old Dir'aiyah for 2-3 hours and I think it's worth visiting. The old parts are mixed with the new constructions but you still can see the adobe walls and buildings (maybe restored?). It's not a museum or an old town per se, but a part of the city that combines new with old. I arrived during... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

A must visit place if your ever in Riyadh and you love history!Takes about 2-3 hours to cover all the area..some were closed for renovation!!=(

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

A very worthwhile stop. Ranks right up there with the best sites to see in the Gulf. It is a work in progress as it is under restoration with the center of old Dir'aiyah off limits. But you can peer into it from a beautifully constructed visitors area, complete with shops selling handicrafts and cafes. There are also leveled grass... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Went to old Dir'aiyah with friends couple times this month. Loved everything about it. Really crowded on weekends so be prepared lol.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a nice slice of history and worth a visit. The main part is being restored and won't be open for a while. It will be a living museum and the oldest mud city in the world (I think) when it's done. The surrounding area is pleasant for a stroll but is quite rustic. Wear sensible shoes and be... More 

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Address: Thumeiry Street, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Location: Middle East  >  Saudi Arabia  >  Riyadh Province  >  Riyadh

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