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9- Old Dir'aiyah
Old Dir'aiyah is an oasis in the middle of the Desert of Saudi Arabia. It is located about 20 km from Riyadh and was the first capital city of the Saudis until it was destroyed in 1818. Today, it’s full of instagrammable ruins and sites.
8- Wadi Namar
This 2km-long dam is surrounded by green spaces, walkways and rocky hills with an artificial waterfall in the middle. You can ride bikes here, take long walks or simply relax by the lake and take some great photos.
7- King Fahad Cultural Centre
The King Fahad Cultural Centre is one of the most significant cultural centres in the region.The square building is covered by a filigree textile façade following traditional Middle Eastern architectural patterns. This is a great spot to try out different photo angles, and experiment with contrasts of light and shade.
6- Al Masmak Fortress
The clay and mud-brick fort was built around 1865 by the prince of Riyadh Abdulrahman ibn Sulaiman ibn Dabaan under the reign of Mohammed ibn Abdullah ibn Rasheed (1289–1315 AH), the ruler of Ha’il to the north, who had taken control of the city from the rival clan of Al Saud. It was used by King Abdulaziz from 1902 to 1938 until a new palace was constructed.
It has since been restored and remains an important site in Saudi history, as well as one of the most instagrammable place in the city.