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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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Interesting mix of old and new

I found this site to be both historical and 21st century accessible. I enjoyed the tour and the opportunity to try local food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Ricardo9854
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Old Dir'aiyah An excellent place to spend good quality of time this park is good for both family and friends

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is definitely a must see and all in all, a very pleasant experience. Also loved the cafes, shops, restaurants, galleries and park adjacent to the old city. Really makes me proud as a Saudi too, as it's the hometown of our Royal family.

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Thank Khaled A
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I found this site to be both historical and 21st century accessible. I enjoyed the tour and the opportunity to try local food.

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Thank Ricardo9854
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Experience the older times by viewing renovated buildings and nature in this area. Now with an area where you can eat and drink. Easy accessible, but be aware of your timing of the visit. Crowded after dark in summer and very popular in winter. Parking can be a problem.

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Thank Frederick_SA
Riyadh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

It's one of my favorite places in Riyadh. It has a nice park where you can have picnic. Najd Village, traditional Saudi restaurant is there too if you want to try some delicious Saudi food.

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Thank katelol
Riyadh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

For all the history lovers it is a must to visit place. This use to be the capital of Najd once upon a time.

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Thank HMH287
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Old Dirayiah is a traditional Saudi town in a refurbished design , when visit the town you can imagine how the old Saudis run their live in the heart of the desert When you in Riyadh old Dirayiah worth a visit

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I have stayed in Diriyah for over 2 years and kept frequenting this beautiful and historic place in Riyadh.

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Thank Ali S
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Unfortunately Old Dir'aiyah is currently undergoing restoration work and the main area of the old town is closed to visitors (June 2016). However, it's still worth visiting briefly and particularly in the evening when the shops and cafes on the adjacent site are open. I am looking forward to visiting when the work is completed as it looks very interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

worth a visit, but be aware that as of May 2016 the actual OLD citadel is closed. You can stroll around a new suburb built in the old style, or in the park. But you cannot see much more than the old village on the hill, surrounded by a wall.

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