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Old Dir'aiyah

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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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Not Ready for Prime Time

I've made two special trips to old Dir'aiyah over the past five years and wasn't able to see much either time. Once a kind guard let me in for a brief peak. Another time I was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I've made two special trips to old Dir'aiyah over the past five years and wasn't able to see much either time. Once a kind guard let me in for a brief peak. Another time I was turned away entirely. It's always "just about" to open to the public and always seems a few years away from its goal. If the... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A must see if you are visiting or living in Riyadh. This area is the original old city which has been uncovered and is contiuously being worked on to bring it up to international standard.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice place very nice for family picnic and for barbecue ppl with children should visit this area, there are play grounds and nice sitting area.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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53 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

These were old relics then, it is a place worth spending a day. The place is not in very good shape, but still you can see the mud houses and place which has historical value.

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was a bit disappointed about seeing this area because it was closed off for renovation. There is a temporary area set up across the main street that shows what it will look like and what will be offered once it's open. It looks like it will be an amazing place and will have the ability to be great once... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

One of my favorite places in Riyadh. Hope they finish renovations soon. Some says its haunted lol Great place for family overall

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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164 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This area is one of the must seen in Riyadh where you can see the history of Saudi Arabia and enjoy the place there with all services available

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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25 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This town in the north out secrets of Riyadh use to be the old capital. You can still see some of the old houses of Riyadh and you will also see a lot of renovated ones.It is an important part of Saudi history.

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Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Some buildings are being restored now; but most of it in disrepair. Go during the cooler months to really explore the ruins.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

One of the historical attractions of Riyadh. The dam and the park provide a scenic view. Very good place for evening walk with family.

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