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Saudi Arabia’s grand designs for historical site Diriyah

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Diriyah, one of Saudi Arabia’s most important historical sites, is set to welcome a new 7.1 million sqm mega project with hospitality, leisure and entertainment offerings.
Diriyah, one of Saudi Arabia’s most important historical sites, is set to welcome a new 7.1 million sqm mega project with hospitality, leisure and entertainment offerings. Photo Credit: Diriyah Gate Development Authority

RIYADH – Saudi-based Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) unveiled a masterplan for the 7.1 million sqm mega project in Diriyah, a historical town located in the western outskirts of capital Riyadh, last week.

Developer DGDA’s CEO Jerry Inzerillo said the project will include key components such as the world’s largest Islamic museum, restoration of the historic Wadi Hanifa, which will include the planting of more than one million indigenous Diriyah date trees, and see the Wadi Safar transformed into a residential and hospitality district.

Diriyah is considered one of the kingdom’s most important historical sites and the capital of the first Saudi state, and is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of At Turaif, a mud-brick city that stands as the birthplace of the first Saudi state.

“With hospitality, leisure and entertainment assets in our development plans, we’re hoping to attract millions of tourists who will fall in love with Diriyah,” Inzerillo added.

Construction on the project will begin next month following the approval of three detailed plans for the development of Diriyah by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

This will see Diriyah undergoing restoration works as well as the development of museums, academic institutions and edutainment facilities, as well as resorts, restaurants, wellness facilities and high-end retail outlets.

The kingdom is also in the midst of a development boom with at least three other large-scale tourism projects such as a futuristic metropolis at NEOM in the northwest, the Qiddiya leisure resort near Riyadh and the 28,000 sq km Red Sea project that includes lagoons, archipelagos, canyons and volcanic geology on the Kingdom’s west coast.


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