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Explore Diriyah

A city in the Riyadh region

What to see, do and eat

When in Diriyah, Go and See

  • UNESCO Heritage Site: Al Turaif

    UNESCO Heritage Site: At-Turaif

    Diriyah’s historical center is the UNESCO-listed site of At-Turaif, which was founded in the 15th century. It is the original seat of power of Saudi Arabia’s Al Saud family and contains ruins of mud-brick houses connected by narrow alleyways. The site has not been open to the public since it gained its UNESCO designation in 2010. The redevelopment of the area will enable people to walk through the ruins as well as the myriad museums and other spaces found inside.

  • Museums of Ad Diriyah

    Museums of Diriyah

    Various museums are set to open in Diriyah. They include: The Museum of Al Saud House, which will showcase the history of the ruling family and the kingdom’s heritage; The Museum of the Saudi State and Arabian Peninsula; The Museum of the 100-Stories Journey, where visitors can learn about Saudi history and culture, and Misk Heritage Museum, an educational institute aimed at encouraging young people to get involved with the nation’s history and heritage.

  • Diriyah Tennis Cup

    International Events

    In Diriyah, visitors can be part of history-making international events, such as Diriyah Tennis Cup and Diriyah ePrix. It pays to keep an eye on local listings and be part of history as it unfolds in this exciting, ever-changing place.

Travel tips

  • Where to stay
    Consider making your home base the nearby Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, which is surrounded by lavish gardens and olive trees and has a luxurious spa and spacious rooms. The ultra-modern, 5-star Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel & Convention Center, just 6 kilometers from the Al Bujairy Quarter, offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility. At the budget-friendly, well-reviewed Al Anoud Hotel Apartment, you’ll find concierge services, dry-cleaning and free Wi-Fi.
  • Where to eat
    The breakfast and Arabic coffee at the Dim Light Restaurant win accolades from tourists and locals alike. About a mile from At-Turaif, you’ll find The View Restaurant, which offers an internationally influenced buffet-style lunch and dinner. Five miles from At-Turaif, indulge in high-end Mediterranean cuisine at Tugra.
  • Where to have fun
    Have a picnic with family and friends in one of the many green areas and parks around Wadi Hanifah. Then, set off exploring by foot: Diriyah’s traditional mud-brick buildings will make you feel like a time traveler back to the era of the first Saudi state. Keep your eyes open along the way for elaborately hand-painted doors in the traditional Najdi style.
  • Rent a car
    There are car rental companies in Riyadh that can give you easy access to Diriyah, including Budget, Hanco and Avis.

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