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02:43 GMT +3 hours21 December 2014
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Diriyah, the historic capital of Saudi Arabia

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© RIA Novosti. Rafael Daminov
Diriyah, the first Saudi capital, now located in the suburbs of Riyadh, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.

Saudi Arabia is known primarily as one of the world’s leading oil exporters and the home to major Muslim holy sites, but few people know that its deserts and mountains are also home to many pre-Islamic historical treasures.