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Just outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, a group of elementary school children are on a field trip at Diriyah, where engineers and construction workers are busy restoring a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures that were once the ruling family's seat of power.Diriyah lies at the heart of Saudi Arabia's efforts to both control the narrative of its past for future generations of Saudis and to revamp its image to curious world travelers.It's an especially important site to the ruling Al Saud family because it's here where the first Saudi dynasty was founded in the 15th century. It would take more than a century for the Al Sauds to reclaim Diriyah and found the current Saudi state -- named after its ruling family.Saudi tourism authorities are planning to open five museums inside Diriyah and a research center named after Sheikh Mohammed Ibn Abdul-Wahhab, whose ultraconservative teachings of Islam in the 18th century are widely referred to as "Wahhabism" in his name.
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