Diriyah Gate inks MoUs with Aman Resorts, Greg Norman Golf

MoUs signed to develop luxury hotels, including a 40-room facility, and a golf course as part of $27bn tourism push

Diriyah is a historic area in Saudi Arabia.
Diriyah is a historic area in Saudi Arabia.

Diriyah Gate Development Authority has signed memorandums of understanding with Aman Resorts & Hotels International and Greg Norman Golf Design to develop luxury hotels and a golf course in Diriyah – which was established on the banks of Wadi Hanifa in 1446 AD and became the capital of the first Saudi state in 1744 AD – as Saudi Arabia launches electronic tourist visa and visa on arrival facilities to buoy tourism in line with Vision 2030’s goals, which also includes a $27bn (SAR100bn) plan to reform tourism in the kingdom.

According to an Arabic-language report by Saudi Arabia’s state news agency, SPA, MoUs were signed by Diriyah Gate Development Authority’s chief executive officer, Jerry Inzerillo, with Aman Resorts & Hotels to build a 40-room hotel in Diriyah’s Al Bujairi.

Aman’s hotels in Diriyah are expected to offer views of the historic Turaif district, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Another MoU was signed with Greg Norman Golf Design for the design of a 27-hole golf course in Wadi Safar, Diriyah.

Commenting on the MoUs, Inzerillo said: “Our three core projects at Diriyah Gate, Wadi Hanifa, and Wadi Safar will be a gathering place and a pillar of a new era in the Kingdom that will enhance the tourism, culture, knowledge and entertainment sector that we seek in our mission.”

Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (Sagia) and Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) announced $27bn agreements with local and international investors, such as Triple 5 – which through a $9.9bn (SAR37.5bn) agreement will develop mixed-use destinations across Saudi Arabia – and the UAE’s Majid Al Futtaim, which will develop a shopping mall with the region’s largest indoor ski slope and snow park, with the $5.3bn (SAR20bn) agreement to see the creation of 12,000 jobs in Saudi Arabia.

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