Saudi Arabia set to lay cornerstone for Diriyah Gate giga project

WCN Editorial Team 13 Nov 2019 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) is set to lay the cornerstone for Diriyah Gate, a new cultural and lifestyle tourism destination located in Diriyah, Riyadh.

Said to be the country’s first cultural and lifestyle giga project, Diriyah Gate is planned to be officially inaugurated during a cornerstone-laying event scheduled on 19 November 2019.

Located on the northwestern edge of Riyadh, Diriyah is a place that once served as the capital and stronghold of the first Saudi State, DGDA said.

Diriyah Gate Development Authority CEO Jerry Inzerillo said: “There is only one Diriyah. Only this place can tell the story of the Saudi people and inspire new generations to commit to the dynamic vision of the future.

“This is truly a momentous time in this extraordinary country, and I am proud to lead a world-class team in the development of this historic site that is destined to become a global cultural icon and one of the world’s greatest gathering places.”

The cornerstone-laying event for the Diriyah Gate mixed-use traditional urban community comes as the country seeks to welcome visitors from near and far, and pay homage to the history, perseverance, and ultimate triumph of the Saudi state.

Claimed to be one-of-a-kind, the celebration will include a gala dinner, with food sourced entirely from Saudi farms to support the communities.

Inzerillo added: “Interest in Diriyah, the land of kings and heroes, is echoing around the globe. We plan to break ground in January 2020 for Diriyah Gate, a mixed-use traditional urban community which celebrates the rich cultural history of Saudi Arabia.

“Diriyah Gate, Riyadh’s new global cultural and lifestyle destination, will be home to leading luxury and lifestyle retail brands as well as over 100 cafes and restaurants.”

The 7km² giga project will include places to gather, explore, shop, dine, live and work. It will also comprise a diverse collection of museums and galleries as well as a range of cultural and educational experiences.

The Diriyah Gate, which will be surrounded by more than 20 luxury hospitality brands, including Aman Resorts, will also feature five iconic squares, a Formula-E racetrack and even a 15,000-seat arena.

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Image: Diriyah Gate is the country’s first cultural and lifestyle giga project. Photo: courtesy of Diriyah Gate Development Authority.

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