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Old Dir'aiyah

Thumeiry Street, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Ranked #10 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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Jeddah
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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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
2 reviews
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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Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
14 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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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
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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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