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Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) Project: What You Need to Know


Since Saudi Arabia opened its doors to travelers from 49 countries around the world in 2019, visitors have had the opportunity to explore the many wonders the Kingdom has to offer. From luxury resorts and shopping in the capital Riyadh to the historic importance of the Al-Ula area and the ancient old city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has something for couples, families with children and especially adventure travelers. Travelers.


Of course, the Kingdom continues to develop a number of new projects for tourists to enjoy for the next few decades. This includes the famous Red Sea Project, a luxury resort developed on 50 scenic and untouched natural islands along Saudi Arabia’s 200 kilometers of coastline.

Another lesser-known scheme in the works in the Kingdom is to aim to become “one of the world’s leading lifestyle destinations for culture and heritage, hospitality, retail and education” and one of the world’s largest gathering places in the future, according to a Saudi Vision 2030.

What is the Diriye Gate Reconstruction Administration (DGDA) project?

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) project is an ambitious tourism initiative in Saudi Arabia that hopes to attract travelers from all over the world in the coming years. Located on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh, this project centers around the UNESCO World Heritage Site At-Turaif, the historic center of Diriyah and an iconic adobe city with roots going back to the 15th century.

At-Turaif was actually the first capital of the Saudi dynasty, and the site is remarkably well preserved considering its construction and the intervening hundreds of years. Visitors here can learn about Saudi Arabia’s history and even explore its forts and buildings first hand.

However, improving At-Turaif is only one aspect of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) project, and the plan has multiple goals. First, to promote the cultural heritage and history found in Saudi Arabia. Others include improving employment opportunities for locals in Saudi Arabia and creating an environment that enables world-class cultural entertainment events to be hosted.

With these goals in mind, other developments in the project include:

Wadi Hanifah: This component of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) project includes the rehabilitation of the region’s natural watershed for future generations.

Bujairi District: This inviting area near At-Turaif offers toys for children, food stalls and a bustling market where travelers can purchase traditional Saudi clothing, jewelry and other souvenirs.

King Salman Square: This square will provide another place for tourists and locals to gather to celebrate Saudi history and culture. The park will eventually become a green oasis outside of Riyadh and will also serve as a setting for social gatherings.

House of AlSaud Museum: The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) project will also include the House of AlSaud Museum, the world’s largest Islamic museum.

Finally, Diriyah Gate aims to be Riyadh’s luxury travel destination for guests who do not want to stay in the modern city center. The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) project is part of Vision 2030, which aims to see 27 million visitors across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by 2030.


New Hotels Opening Nearby

While there are many plans in the works for Diriyah Gate, it is not surprising that there are a number of resorts currently under construction or newly opened and accepting guests. The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) project website currently lists 19 new hotel openings as part of the project, while some of the properties under development include a Hyatt Place, a Montage Hotels & Resorts property, Radisson RED, The Langham and a Waldorf Astoria hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts)

The district will also own properties offered by Marriott’s The Luxury Collection, Park Hyatt, Rosewood and The Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons.

While most of the hotels planned for the Diriyah Gate project are not yet open, there are a number of luxury resorts and hotels already operational in Riyadh. For example, guests can book accommodation at Al Faisaliah Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center and The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh.

How to Make a Travel Reservation?

If you are interested in exploring all that Diriyah Gate has to offer, you can wait for the entire project to be completed or book a trip now. Either way, planning a trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not as difficult as you might think.

For example, if you live in one of the 49 eligible countries approved by the Kingdom, you can easily apply for a visitor visa online. Your visa is valid for up to one year and you can use it for multiple entries if you wish.

Many major airlines also fly to Riyadh Airport (RUH), and you can use their home country site for your travel. For example, you can book travel to Saudi Arabia with British Airways, Qatar Airways and Lufthansa.

Arab News reported that Diriyah officially opened to tourists on December 4, 2022 for its first opening phase. The source says that when completed, the area will be home to 28 luxury hotels and resorts, 150 luxury dining outlets and 400 luxury shops and stores. . Nearby Bujairi Terrace, Riyadh’s newest luxury dining venue, also opened its doors to the public on the same date.