Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has commenced construction on $20bn Diriyah Gate, a new culture and lifestyle tourism destination situated in Diriyah, Riyadh.
Diriyah Gate located 15 minutes north-west of Riyadh city centre, the Diriyah Gate project goals to transform 7km2 of Diriyah city into one of the world’s lifestyle destinations for culture and heritage. The Giga project will feature cultural, retail, entertainment, educational, hospitality, office, and residential areas, including more than 20 hotels, a bustling retail heart, a diverse collection of museums, and over 100 places to feed.
DGDA CEO Jerry Inzerillo said: “With a large difference of educational institutions planned together with academies, cultural institutes, universities, and museums, we will be developing a place of great learning and intellectual demand. “Filled with wonder and discovery, Diriyah Gate will leave our tourists relaxed, inspired, and culturally related, and it is destined to become one of the world’s biggest gathering places.”
Additional features of the project comprise a series of outdoor plazas as well as a 3km escarpment walk, which offers views across the historic Wadi Hanifah. DGDA chief design and development officer Jonathan Timms said: “On completion, the development will embody a new way of living for Diriyah’s residents and the greater Riyadh community – including a sophisticated intersection of authentic Najdi-style living coupled with world-class amenities, all within the convenience of a mixed-use urban community.
Overall, it will be an increased, pedestrian-friendly, walkable city, deeply rooted in the heritage and cultural equity of the Kingdom. Surrounded by more than 20 luxury hospitality brands, comprising Aman Resorts, the Diriyah Gate will also feature five iconic squares, a Formula-E racetrack, and even a 15,000-seat arena.