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Old Dir'aiyah, Riyadh


One of the most-visited attractions of Saudi Arabia, the Old Dir'aiyah at Riyadh is a magnificent historical site. Located on the outskirts of northwestern Riyadh, the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia, the Old Dir'aiyah is a must-see for every tourist.

An erstwhile ruler of the Al Saud clan built the Old Dir'aiyah in the year 1466. This fortress was the residence and stronghold of the ruling family of Saudi Arabia until the early 20th century. Finally, when King Abdulaziz decided to shift his headquarters to Riyadh, the Old Dir'aiyah was left completely neglected.

In 1974, the ruling government decided to restore the Old Dir'aiyah, an important symbol of the history of Saudi Arabia. After restoration it has become a fascinating sight.


Tourists on tours of Saudi Arabia should visit the Old Dir'aiyah, Riyadh for its opulence and architectural beauty. The fortress has a maze of walls that enclose a number of magnificent palaces. There are houses lined all along the walls.

Simple yet appealing, the Old Dir'aiyah at Riyadh is a delight for photographers. And fortunately, photography is more than welcome here - as the signboards insist.

The Old Dir'aiyah, Riyadh is adorned with intricately carved wooden doors and doorways. Old Dir'aiyah, RiyadhAfter restoration work, the walls have been coated with plastic resin that is glistens when sunrays fall on it.

The Old Dir'aiyah is located on Thumeiry Street in the suburbs of Riyadh and is open to public on all days of the week.

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