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Old Dir'aiyah

Thumeiry Street, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Ranked #12 of 17 Attractions in Riyadh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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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Warsaw, Poland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
13 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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
30 helpful votes 30 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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Galax, Virginia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

An interesting spot but the translations are limited for non-Arabic speaking visitors. I enjoyed the history of huge area and my driver added personal history, which made the trip worthwhile.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I was very surprised to see that there is a place different in Riyadh. From the big town to the cosy cultural Diriyah. Oh it was great to have a coffee and watch sunset. Every month I come to Riyadh for business and I will visit this place.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

One of the few well preserved historical spots in Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately the whole area is currently under reconstruction and therefore not accessible. There are some ruins nearby towards the town we could visit but it was a petty that we were not able to enter the actual place.

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Paiania, Greece
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The historical capital city is a place that anyone visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has to visit even once. In the perimeter of the old town, you may find a river, ends to a small lake. Around the lake, there are a lot of artificial compartments that much look like physical, where families and single may enjoy the scenery... More

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Sangkha, Surin, Thailand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I went in the evening so it was quiet. Very friendly and respectful staff even if they spoke no English!

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Do you want to experience living in an original saudi Villegas , actually a mini Virgin of all desert towns ? This is the place to be. This is a preserved Village that had been a banded do to modernisation and renovated to keep the original essence. If I had to pick one attraction a visitor must see when coming... More

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We lived in this location for 2 years. A massive investment project is underway to bring this beautiful site back to its former glory. You can taste the history here, and the government is using all of its vision to recreate the old Riyadh (Diriyah). Remnants of the old city walls survive, and the Wadi Hanifa itself, within which the... More

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