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Old Dir'aiyah

Thumeiry Street, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Ranked #9 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
8 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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La Jolla, California
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171 reviews 171 reviews
38 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This is the remnants of the old city destroyed on the 19th century. The government is embarked on a restoration project which should make it interesting someday. Right now it is just good for a drive by.

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