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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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Old Dir'aiyah

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Western Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice place very nice for family picnic and for barbecue ppl with children should visit this area, there are play grounds and nice sitting area.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

These were old relics then, it is a place worth spending a day. The place is not in very good shape, but still you can see the mud houses and place which has historical value.

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was a bit disappointed about seeing this area because it was closed off for renovation. There is a temporary area set up across the main street that shows what it will look like and what will be offered once it's open. It looks like it will be an amazing place and will have the ability to be great once... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

One of my favorite places in Riyadh. Hope they finish renovations soon. Some says its haunted lol Great place for family overall

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