First visit is Ad Diriyah , northwest of the city and the original capital of the first Saudi state is a must-see. Its Al Turaif
quarter, a carefully restored mud-brick district that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, offers a glimpse
into the country’s extraordinary heritage.Please note that this site is closed for development and the visit will be from the outside however we will do our best and
apply for a permit and request for access
will start our day with a historical brief about the capital of Saudi, In the National museum you will be discovering Saudi
Arabia’s rich past is an amazing journey that would bring you along thousands of kilometers around the whole Kingdom. An
easier way to have an insight of Saudi Arabia’s rich History is to visit the King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh where
artifacts from all periods are exhibited and with explanations about their historical significance.
After our lunch break , we suggest Al Qaria Al Najdya for traditional cuisine
After our historical brief we will go see some by ourselves checking out Al Masmak Fortress ,Surrounded by sand, this
squat fortification was built around 1865 and is like a scene out of the movies: a big fortress representing an empire. It was
the site of a daring 1902 raid by Ibn Saud, during which a spear was hurled at the main entrance door with such force that
the head is still lodged in the doorway. Highlights among the exhibits include maps and fascinating photographs of Saudi
Arabia dating from 1912 to 1937, in galleries converted from diwans (living rooms). The roofs are covered with painted
palm-tree, taramic and ethel wood and exude an old-world charm that evokes an Arabian painting. Inside, the information
panels and short, chest-thumping films on the storming of the fortress and the ‘reunification’ of Saudi Arabia are reverential
towards the Al Sauds but worth watching nonetheless.
In the same area and only in walking distance we will find our self in Souq Al-Zal which is one of the oldest traditional
market. They sell traditional dresses, antiques, Oud ” Arabic perfume” and jewelry
Our last stop Kingdom Tower which is a 99-story, 302.3 m skyscraper. When completed in 2002, it overtook the 267-meter
Faisaliyah Tower as the tallest tower in Saudi Arabia. It has since been surpassed and is now the fifth-tallest skyscraper in
the country, It is the world’s third-tallest building with a hole after the Shanghai World Financial Center .