Al Masmak & Dirah

A three-hour trip by bus stopping at Al Masmak Fort, The Grand Mosque, Dukhanah and Al Thumairy Gates and Dirah Souk where you can buy gold, carpets, incense and souvenirs.

Enjoy the experience of stopping at a Saudi cafes for coffee and dates.


Al Masmak is a clay and mud-brick fort, with four watchtowers and thick walls founded on stone blocks in the in the old quarters of Riyadh center. This building played a major part in the Kingdom’s history, as it was here that the recapture of Riyadh, led by Ibn Saud, occurred on January 14, 1902. The event, which restored Al Saud control over Riyadh, has acquired almost mythical status in the history of Saudi Arabia. The story has been retold many times portraying the central theme of King Abdulaziz’ heroism and bravery. Today, the fort is one among several restored historical and cultural buildings in the Kingdom from the era of King Abdulaziz time and now open to the public.


Day 1
Al Masmak

9:00 am Pick up time
9:30am Estimated time to arrive the site

Enjoy a 2 hour walk to see the oldest part of Riyadh, stopping by: Al Masmak Fort, The Grand Mosque, Dirah Souq (gold, carpets, incense, souvenirs) Dukhanah and Al Thumairy Gate.

12:00 End of tour

Tour Price 150 SAR

  • Transport with Haya Tours bus.
  • Local tour guide.
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Alia Plaza.
When the Masmak Fort open?

The Masmak Fort is open daily from 9:00am to 8:00pm and closed during prayer time.

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Al Masmak & Dirah