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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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Nice place to see

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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Barcelona, Spain
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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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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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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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Saar, Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Diraiyah is a pleasure to walk through and imagine life in the earlier days. Beautifully restored, yet retaining the old world charm. Wear good walking shoes (and a hat in summer) and enjoy exploring the area.

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

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