AT-TURAIF
UNESCO WORLD
HERITAGE SITE
SINCE 2010

Diriyah’s At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage site is a symbol of Saudi Arabia’s rich history and a sanctuary for national heritage preserved in open-air museums. Salwa palace is the largest standing structure in the citadel and of significant importance as the home of Kings & Heroes, including Mohammed bin Saud, founder of the first Saudi state.

The city of At-Turaif was built with adobe mud and other natural materials in the 1700s and features courtyards, alleyways and towers that showcase quintessential Najdi

architecture and tell the story of a traditional Saudi way of life. Under UNESCO guidelines, the mud-brick city has been restored to exhibit materials and artefacts from the Kingdom’s Royal, social and cultural past, taking visitors on a comprehensive journey through Saudi history.

Cultural and entertainment experiences have been developed that reflect past traditions, the hospitality of its people and create a gathering place for all.

 
 

Celebrating
Our Heritage

Diriyah is home to hundreds of stories that showcase Saudi history and traditions. The area hosts various hospitality facilities that serve to emulate the lifestyle of Diriyah’s original inhabitants.

Highlights of the
Jewel of the
Kingdom

The history of the people of Arabia and Diriyah is a story of trade and pilgrimage routes and an oasis connecting Asia, Africa and Europe for thousands of years. Today, we continue to allow the stories of our history to write the pages of our future.

 

The importance of Diriyah

In 1446, Diriyah was established on the banks of the Hanifa Valley and became the capital of the First Saudi State in 1744, representing a turning point in the history of the Arabian Peninsula in particular and Arab and Islamic world in general, where it was founded for stability and prosperity, and united most of the region in the Arabian Peninsula under one state, ending fragmentation, rivalry and insecurity. In the heart of The Arabian Peninsula, Diriyah has become a destination for trade, culture, knowledge, communication and economic exchange. Diriyah was also a hub for trade and pilgrimage routes to different parts of the region and a vital link between Asia, Europe and Africa.

Despite the difficult desert environment, Diriyah became an oasis for the model society, and this provided it with peace, prosperity and the vision of the state based on sublime principles have given it a prominent political, economic, military and religious place in the region, until it became a beacon of knowledge and education overtime.

Diriyah's past is rich and full of heroic and important moments, which began from the migration of Mani’ Al-Muraydi in the 15th century to establish Diriyah, to the establishment of the First Saudi State in the middle of the 18th century.

As the cradle of the Saudi state, Diriyah is a beacon of the continuing legacy of the Royal Family (Al Saud) and its historic role in establishing stability and bringing prosperity with the participation of the Saudi citizens throughout the country, and a prominent title to celebrate the achievements reached from the time of Imam Mohammed bin Saud to the reign of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz today.