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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Riyadh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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saudia, Riyadh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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27 reviews
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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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Santiago, Chile
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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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Thank pagheca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

The park from Al Bujeiri district is already done with the restoration and is open to public, no entrance fee. It's a welcoming change from the busy streets of Riyadh. There you can find few restaurants and there are plenty of spots to have picnics on too. It's a great place to enjoy looking at Arab-inspired doors!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

It was a lovely place to go in the evening. Nice selection of restaurants and cafes. I would recommend al Najd Village restaurant there, especially if you have a few of you or kids as the kids loved it there. A lovely walk around and nice to see the old buildings, beautiful views. clean and relaxed place with room for... More 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

We were lucky enough to see the ongoing project to restore the historical city. It will be spectacular when finished and provide real insights into the Kingdom and its history. Already Saudis have taken it into their hearts with families visiting and picnicking at the weekends.

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