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Location DB > Saudi Arabia > Ar Riyad > Al Diriyah > Al Diriyah (Dir'aiyah)
Al Diriyah (Dir'aiyah)
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created by thoughtcriminal on 3/1/2006 6:57 PM
last modified by thoughtcriminal on 12/14/2008 5:02 PM
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Abandoned/restored village 20km northeast of Riyadh. The name is pronounced "da RYE ah" and is sometimes transliterated as Dariyah.
 Basic Information
Type: Abandoned/restored village
Status: Active/Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information

Al Diriyah, Ar Riyad
Saudi Arabia
Owner: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - heritage site
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  •  Hazards
  • Sun. Heat. Religious police.
  •  Interesting Features
    Desert ruins with restored palaces and abandoned residences. Oasis with active farming nearby.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1446
    Closed: 1978
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  • Water. Water. And more water. Hat and sunscreen, too.
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    First Capital of the Saud dynasty (1744-1818). Destroyed by the Ottomans in 1821. Re-occupied in the early 1920's during King Abdul-Aziz's campaigns. In 1974 the government began relocating residents to New Dir'aiyah. Restoration began in 1978.
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    A Friday afternoon in November 1990
    Wed, Mar 1st, 2006
    posted by thoughtcriminal
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    Photography 9 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 12/16/2008 7:51 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 16 08 at 7:51, Steed validated this location
  • on Dec 14 08 at 17:02, thoughtcriminal changed the following: Web Links
  • on Dec 14 08 at 17:00, thoughtcriminal changed the following: Latitude, Longitude
  • on Aug 23 07 at 3:28, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 12 06 at 6:40, thoughtcriminal changed the following: Latitude, Longitude
  • on Sep 12 06 at 6:08, thoughtcriminal changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Prefer Satellite
  • on Apr 7 06 at 20:27, Mickael validated this location
  • on Mar 1 06 at 21:03, thoughtcriminal changed the following: Description
  • on Mar 1 06 at 20:20, thoughtcriminal changed the following: Owner, Description
  • on Mar 1 06 at 20:19, thoughtcriminal changed the following: Required Equipment
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