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Address: Thumeiry Street, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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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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Historic Walkabout

Great area, steeped in history to go for a walk in the morning followed by a typical Arabic breakfast, if you are of the lazy-ish variety, or you can bring your own food/BBQ... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great area, steeped in history to go for a walk in the morning followed by a typical Arabic breakfast, if you are of the lazy-ish variety, or you can bring your own food/BBQ ingredients and do the whole picnic thing. I would recommend coming in the morning and even early afternoon as it gets really full late afternoon and evenings.... More 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you need to get a touch of the old Riyadh city, Old Diraiyah is the place to visit. The restorations and improvements to the area has improved the look manifold. This area can provide you with the opportunity to walk around, have BBQs, do little bit of picnic stuff, explore the locality, dine at restaurants and have a great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most exciting places i've visited in Saudi Arabia. Its a brilliant initiative and i can not wait to see what it has to offer once opened to the public. Regardless of everything being closed for renovations, just walking around the almost empty area had a story to tell. The gardens are open for the public and a... More 

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Thank Maisha H
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great attraction. It can be very crowded following its recent renovation, so plan your trip accordingly. Less crowded on weekdays, and morning or early afternoon on weekends. They have this dry river-bed that runs along behind the park. Fantastic place for a late night camp.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

A lovely place for some history of Riyadh. Great shops and restaurants adjacent, and lots of people having picnics on cooler days.

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Thank Alexis A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Excellent place to visit if you want a feel of what Riyadh was like in the past. Will be great once all the renovation work is done.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Old Diraiyah is really an excellent place to visit. The restorations and improvements to the area has been wonderful. It is such a historic area and to see the way the buildings have been restored is great. This area provides the opportunity to walk, picnic, explore, eat at restaurants, playgrounds for the kids and simply a beautiful location. It can... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Had been on weekend with family n my parents who have come on visit visa. its a good place to be after 4pm.

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Thank Hussain M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

The Dir'aiyah Fort or city is a must visit. The Old Capital city along the the Valley situated in a wadi is a beauti to see and assimilate. The views are breathtaking and the people helpful and keen ! The place is a major tourist attraction on weekends ie Thrusdays to Saturday with many a Saudi families coming there just... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

This is a nice place to walk around in the morning; avoid the Friday and Saturday late afternoons and evenings - it becomes crowded. Friday mornings are also a no-no (everything is closed). The area with the shops and restaurants is known to the locals as Al-Bujairi. The historical site is just across the wadi and will be well worth... More 

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