The restoration and reimagining of Diriyah, an 18th century adobe city that once served as the capital and stronghold of the first Saudi State, will be officially inaugurated on November 19, 2019.
This cornerstone-laying event is in line with the country’s pioneering plans to welcome visitors from around the globe and underlines Saudi Arabia’s mission to showcase the cultural icon to the world as one of its great gathering places.
The celebration will formally inaugurate the new project, ‘Diriyah Gate’, a cultural and lifestyle tourism destination for Saudi Arabia with a UNESCO World Heritage Site at its heart.
Located on the North Western edge of the Saudi capital of Riyadh, the inauguration of the Diriyah Gate project will reflect the bold and forward-thinking mission of the country’s leaders. This one-of-a-kind celebration will include a world-class gala dinner, with food sourced entirely from Saudi farms, supporting the local communities that sustain the nation. Attendees can also expect a magnificent performance by Saudi musicians and pyrotechnics, and will be given the opportunity to experience first-hand the historical stories of the Saudi people through At-Turaif’s costumed historical interpreters. The team is made up entirely of young, proud Saudi nationals that are passionate about their heritage, representing a bridge between the past and future.
CEO, Diriyah Gate Development Authority, Jerry Inzerillo spoke on the project: “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 7km2 giga project will become one of Saudi Arabia’s cultural and lifestyle destinations with places to gather, explore, shop, dine, live and work. Appealing to international tourists and local citizens seeking authentic and cultural experiences, the destination will celebrate the rich cultural history of Saudi Arabia. Amongst its many offerings, Diriyah Gate will be home to a diverse collection of museums and galleries in addition to a range of cultural and educational experiences.
More than 20 world leading luxury hospitality brands, including Aman Resorts, will be carefully located in historic and breath-taking surrounds. With five iconic squares, a Formula-E racetrack and even a 15,000-seat arena, Diriyah Gate will be alive day and night.