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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 4 weeks ago
147etienneb
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

the grades and the whole are is laid out in a beautiful scene recreating the life and the geography centuries ago...

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Thank Ismail K
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mind relaxing place in riyadh during weekends. Wonderful old culture things displayed there.waiting to visit newly renewating palace

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dublin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having read other reviews on this website, I was keen to go to this place. It is not far by taxi from the centre of Riyadh, so very accessible. But it is really not very impressive, and was not worth the time to go there.

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Hong Kong, China
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70 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was rather excited to finally go and visit Diraiyah, but only so much bigger was my disappointment when we found out that 90% of the area is still being renovated and completely blocked off. The part that is open is Al Bajairi, this area looks mostly like newly built though, and houses mainly cafes and restaurants, including Najd Village, which... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's about history of riyadh. Has been a power center since ages. Home of current royal family Beautiful gardens and very relaxing place Best time to visit is late afternoon on Friday It has some good food choices like Arabic coffee. Yemeni food. Alnajd is traditional food. It has a parking facility. I will recommend it for every one visiting... More 

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Thank Kifayat U
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 January 16, 2017

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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Thank waqarsarwar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 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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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

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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Thank tinky_in_arabia
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18 reviews
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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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