Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has unveiled the masterplan for its 7.1 million sqm megaproject coming up in Riyadh.
Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority said: “The key highlights of Diriyah Gate project are the setting up of world’s largest Islamic museum, the restoration of historic Wadi Hanifa with the planting of over one million indigenous Diriyah date trees, and the transformation of the beautiful Wadi Safar into a residential and hospitality district to become the Beverly Hills of Riyadh.”
DGDA said that Inzerillo’s speech and presentation at the event focused on the link between entertainment and culture and the steps the authority is taking; in collaboration with the direct leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to open the doors of Diriyah to the rest of the world.
Inzerillo also added that the Diriyah masterplan gives emphasis on the kingdom’s three goals – to preserve, develop and celebrate the much-loved home of Saudi culture.
DGDA will start work on the mega-development next month, following the approval of three detailed plans for the development of Diriyah by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Diriyah 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. Diriyah is considered one of the kingdom’s most important historical sites and the capital of the first Saudi state.
Inzerillo added: “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, as there is only one Diriyah.”