Al Dirah (Riyadh)

حي الديرة
Masmak Fort
Country Saudi Arabia
Founded byImam Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud
 • BodyBaladiyah Al Batha
 • Total166 ha (410 acres)
 • OfficialArabic

Al-Dirah (Arabic: حي الديرة, romanizedḥaī ad-Dīrah), pronounced as ad-Dirah and alternatively spelled as Dheera, Deerah or Deera, is a neighborhood and a subject of Baladiyah al-Batha[1] in southern Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Forming the kernel of the old city region in the Qasr al Hukm District within the erstwhile city walls,[2] it is today popular for hosting several historical and traditional landmarks, such as the Justice Palace (Qasr al-Hukm),[3][4] al-Masmak Fort,[5] ad-Dirah Souk, Al-Mu'eiqilia market[6] and Deera Square.

The origins of the neighborhood can be traced back to 1824 after successful reinstatement of the Second Saudi State by Imam Turki bin Abdullah al-Saud,[7] when he expelled the Ottoman-backed Egyptian forces.

In popular culture


  1. ^ "الإدارة العامة للنظافة". 2015-04-19. Archived from the original on 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  2. ^ Bsheer, Rosie (2020-09-22). Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-1-5036-1258-7.
  3. ^ "A rare look inside the enormous 'Qasr Al Hukm' in Saudi Arabia". Al Arabiya English. 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2021-11-24.
  4. ^ "القصور الملكية تحكي تاريخ العهود السعودية في رحلة البناء والتطوير". Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  5. ^ "Tourists throng urban heritage sites". Arab News. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  6. ^ "Riyadh city a jewel in the desert". Arab News. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  7. ^ Mohammed Abdullah Eben Saleh (October 2001). "The Changing Image of Arriyadh City: The Role of Socio-cultural and Religious Traditions in Image Transformation". Cities. 18 (5): 322. doi:10.1016/S0264-2751(01)00024-5.

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