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“give it time”
Review of Old Dir'aiyah

Old Dir'aiyah
Ranked #12 of 63 things to do in Riyadh
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Owner description: These ruins of the first capital of Saudi Arabia consist of walls, houses and palaces, some of which have been restored
Athens, Attiki, Greece
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“give it time”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

amazing reconstruction work going on, not to mention new buildings which look like they are going to be shops, museums etc. and with the wadi running through it. it is an impressive building site now but in a year or so this could be THE highlight of Riyadh.

Visited February 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“traditional.”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Authenic food ,great atmosphere,full of locals enjoying their food ,as I did. Would highly recommend it

Visited February 2013
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Another MUST SEE!”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

This is an old section of Saudi Arabia that holds on to it's past charm and you would be smart to go if you have the chance.

Visited November 2012
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Unique place in Riyadh”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

I like old Diraayah and I recommend you to visit this place . it represent the history of Saudi Arabia and traditional Najed Area buildings , but this need more public services like restaurants , coffee shop and public washroom .

Visited November 2012
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Salalah, Oman
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Inefficient staff and displays not working”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

The pavilion for this ancient site is an intriguing tent-like structure; inside is a small theatre with a slide or video show; whichever it was, for some reason it was not working. I have no idea when the video will be working; staff were very uncommunicative and sat around listlessly at the front entrance. There is also one of those scale-model cities in the museum/pavilion which gives you an idea of the size of the place.
Outside the pavilion, you cross the road (not busy) to scramble up to the wall of the old city from where you can look through a wire fence (around the right side of the wall, atop Wadi Hanifeh), and take in the expanse. But there is no entry permitted, so the experience is fairly limited. Hardly worth the drive out.

Visited October 2012
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