6 - 7 Hours
Start your tour visiting Diriyah, Historical Diriyah is your gateway to the past. It is the crib of Islah Dawah, the capital; of the first Saudi state and the city that ha witnessed the history of when Saudi Arabia was established. Diriyah, the birthplace of the first Saudi state, historical crossroads of pilgrims and traders, and home to one of the Kingdom’s most ambitious heritage developments.
Curved along the outskirts of Riyadh, and formed on the oasis that spilled from the banks of Wadi Hanifa, Ad Diriyah’s mud-brick walls once housed a thriving desert city that was a powerhouse of culture and commerce.
Its Al Turaif district, the area’s citadel-marked primary quarter, was the original seat of power for the Kingdom’s Al Saud family. In 1745, the city was named the country’s capital, laying the foundations for what would later become a unified Saudi Arabia. The ruins of Al Turaif were designated a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2010 and the area has since been the subject of a painstaking restoration plan aimed at bringing its historical legacy back to life.
The Ad Diriyah’s Al Bujairy district is home to religious scholar Mohammed bin Abdul Wahab, its maze of twisting streets lead to low-lying mud huts that have been transformed into sparkling heritage sites.
Then you will visit Kingdom Tower or Mamlaka Tower the tallest building in the city which is located on the commercial strip in the Oalya district in Riyadh. This is the most famous tower in Riyadh. The shopping mall has lots of facilities and cafes to visit. Sky bridge Al Mamlaka at extra ticket a nice observation bridge where you can get magnificent panoramic view of the city. It has a number of restaurants and shops.
You will also visit The Al Rajhi Grand Mosque. The largest mosque in Riyadh is both an architectural marvel and considered to be one of the most significant Islamic institutions in the city. The mosque holds two libraries, forensic science courses, an automated utility system, an 18,000-person capacity for the men’s hall and 2,500 for the women’s area.
At the end, you will visit The King Fahd National Library which is the legal deposit and copyright library for Saudi Arabia. A hidden gym uniquely amazing architectural style for a library. This is Saudi’s National Library and strategically located at the city’s center. Its considered now a tourist destination (closed Sat-Fri). The library was established in 1983 in response to an initiative made by the people of Riyadh when King Fahd ascended the throne.
Travel in comfort back to your hotel, Riyadh has so much to see, feel, eat and buy so if you have time and want to add more to your itinerary – just let us know what you are interested in and we will arrange it for you.