Facts and Data
Official Unesco Page
Unesco World heritage since: 2010
Size of heritage: 29 ha
- Buffer zone: 238 ha
This property was the first capital of the Saudi Dynasty, in the heart of the Arabian Penisula, north-west of Riyadh. Founded in the 15th century, it bears witness to the Najdi architectural style, which is specific to the centre of the Arabian peninsula. In the 18th and early 19th century, its political and religious role increased, and the citadel at at-Turaif became the centre of the temporal power of the House of Saud and the spread of the Wahhabi reform inside the Muslim religion. The property includes the remains of many palaces and an urban ensemble built on the edge of the ad-Dir’iyah oasis.
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Hotels and places to stay
The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh
Kempinski Burj Rafal
Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel
Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Riyadh - Al Muroj Business Gate
Sama Al Qasr Hotel Suites
Nawara Muhamdia Apartments
Crowne Plaza RIYADH RDC HOTEL & CONVENTION
Hotel Al Khozama-Worldhotels
Swiss Spirit Metropolitan
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Large airport - 17 mi (28 km) Dawadmi Domestic Airport
Medium airport - 137 mi (222 km) Zilfi Airport
Small airport - 156 mi (251 km) King Fahd International Airport
Large airport - 234 mi (377 km) Bahrain International Airport
Large airport - 275 mi (442 km)
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These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.