Old Dir'Aiyah is the ancestral home of the al-Sauds and the cradle of Riyadh’s history. Found perched on a hill overlooking Wadi Hanifa in the northwestern outskirts of Riyadh, the area is steeped in ancient history. Once the capital of Riyadh, Old Dir'Aiyah is full of mud houses, walls and ancient palaces which have a tale or two to tell.
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Explore Riyadh’s Old Town
While modern Riyadh in the centre of town is a hub of commercial activity and modernisation, visitors to Riyadh looking to understand its long history should take a detour away from the centre to Old Dir'Aiyah.
Old Dir'Aiyah’s heyday was in the 18th century when the city flourished. Walking through the haunting ruins and the old Mosque of Mohammed bin Abdul Wahhab is an experience visitors won’t forget. There’s also a small museum displaying historic artefacts to help visitors learn more about the site’s past.
Old Dir'Aiyah is quietly moving and beguiling, and should not be missed off of any itinerary.
But to get a sense of Riyadh as a whole – both new and old – visitors should head to Riyadh’s Kingdom Tower which will give them scenic views from the 99th floor of this skyscraper.
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