DIRIYAH Governorate has special national significance to Saudis because it was at some point of history the capital of the first Saudi state and the main seat of the government and the center of education.
It was the main commercial route linking eastern part of the Peninsula with its western part, Al-Riyadh daily reported. It was also one of the main routes for pilgrims who wanted to travel to Makkah to perform pilgrimage.
Founded in the 15th century, its political, military and religious influence increased after its governor Imam Muhammad Bin Saud, the founder of the first Saudi state, supported Sheikh Muhammad Bin Abdulwahab, the well-known reviver of Islam. Diriyah was also the center of knowledge and students from all over the world traveled to Diriyah searching for proper Islamic knowledge.