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Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
015 01-حصاة النصلة في عيون الجواء
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
016 01-بيت البسام بعنيزة في عنيزة al-Bassam hous
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
016 02-بيت البسام بعنيزة في عنيزة al-Bassam hous
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012 03-قلعة مارد في الاسياح Marid Palace
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
012 01-قلعة مارد في الاسياح Marid Palace
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
012 02-قلعة مارد في الاسياح Marid Palace
Abdullah Al Hazza
Qwumad Lake Arquiya Buraydah
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013 01-برج الشنانه في الرس Ash-Ahnana Tower
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014 03 -قصر الملك عبد العزيز في قبه
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
014 02-قصر الملك عبد العزيز في قبه
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
014 01-قصر الملك عبد العزيز في قبه
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
022 01-فيد في الشنان Feid
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Above the clouds in North Wales
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