Saudi development authority starts executing phase I of giant cultural project

Saudi-based Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) started works on the first phase of the biggest cultural project in the world, at cost worth SR75 billion ($20 billion) in the city of Diriyah in Riyadh province.

Seven square kilometers of the historic city of Diriyah, just 15 minutes northwest of Riyadh, will be transformed into one of the world’s foremost lifestyle destinations for culture, hospitality, retail and education.

Officials hope the destination attracts local and international visitors alike through its world-class entertainment and events.

In line with design, development and preservation standards, DGDA will create an environment that enhances Diriyah’s national and international relevance, including the preservation of the At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage Site, which sits at the heart of the development.

Careful restoration of historic Diriyah has been undertaken to create a living heritage site, which echoes the remarkable past of the first capital of Saudi Arabia.

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