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History & Heritage


Ashikar : A village to discover Saudi heritage

Located 2 hours from the Saudi capital, the historic village of Ashikar offers a true immersion into the heritage of traditional Saudi Arabia.

One of the most popular excursions from Riyadh is to the historic village of Ashikar. Characterized by its old mud buildings, the site, located 200 km northwest of the Saudi capital, has become a major attraction for tourists and locals.

Restoration in progress

Recently, the inhabitants of Ashikar have undertaken the restoration of the village and, with the help of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and national Heritage (STCH), the city has become one of the Kingdom’s most precious architectural jewels.


An oasis of history

Visitable from Riyadh in a day trip, the contrast with the big city is striking. Small covered alleys, date palms, and local families inclined to open their houses – not yet all restored – to visitors and tell some stories of “life before”, allow you to get a real insight into the traditional Saudi way of life.

Around the central site, tourists can visit museums and restaurants serving traditional dishes.


See also

A Jewel of British Architecture
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Published on 28 May 2019