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Old Dir'aiyah

Address: Thumeiry Street, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Ranked #8 of 15 Attractions in Riyadh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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, Saudi Arabia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This area has history with the Fort and great shops if you're looking for a bargain. They charge for parking and it is pretty dirty. Best time to go is in the morning when it's quieter.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I combined this with a visit to National Museum. I think this should be seen with a guide. The town has been well kept and the work is ongoing to restore the place. Well worth a visit

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Jeddah
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit and not far from Riyadh, the area is currently undergoing renovation and seem its going to be much better then what it was earlier. The historical area speaks of the history.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a very interesting place, it has a lot of history to offer. At the moment there is a lot going on, and for the next couple of years, they are renovating the whole area, and most likely you won't be able to get inside the archeological place. Still you can walk around and have a look at the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It is closed, but from outside, I can see a large area of old buildings. The exact location on google map is called Diriyah Historical City.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is a calm and relaxing place to visit. I find it incredible that people used to build their homes with mud and hay. The famour house doors are simply beautiful and the history behind this old city is very interesting

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Old Dir'aiyah is the original home of the Al Saud royal family, the original capital of Saudi Arabia, and is now a UNESCO world heritage site, which gives the ruins real importance. I viewed the area 9 years ago and even then the significance was apparent. The ruins reflect the lives of all that lived there, servants’ quarters and the... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is where it all began, folks. There are even some old-timers around who were born here! It's free of charge and there is a nice little museum. Definitely worth an hour or two.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

it is across between a very elaborate reconstruction, a housing development and a rubbish dump. best to see it after they have opened the museum as there may actually be something

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Riyadh
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

If you want to see old houses built of Mud and old farms with 100 to 200 years old palms, this is the place.

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