Travellers eager to discover one of the world’s last frontiers in 2022 will be met with an array of cultural and historical gems, dotted throughout Saudi’s breath-taking landscape, following the country’s recent opening to tourists just before the pandemic.
On the list of places to visit is the birthplace of the Kingdom, At-Turaif, which opens to the public for the first time in 2022. Built in 1766, At-Turaif is regarded as one of the most important historical and political sites in Saudi Arabia, being the original home of the Saudi royal family and the country’s first capital.
The At-Turaif district, which was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, features a number of restored ochre-coloured palaces and forts in the architectural style of Najdi, providing visitors the opportunity to discover Saudi’s past through a rich cultural narrative, with museums and recreations of life as it was 300 years ago.
The historically authentic site lies at the heart of one of Saudi Arabia’s new giga projects – Diriyah Gate – which will welcome in the coming years some of the world’s top hospitality brands and world-class attractions, transforming Diriyah Gate into one of the world’s foremost historic tourism destinations.
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