Cornerstone to be laid on Saudi Arabia's Diriyah Gate gigaproject
The cornerstone will be placed on 19 November, but ground will be broken in January 2020, says CEO of DGDA
On 19 November, 2019, the cornerstone will be laid for the restoration of the 18th century city of 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 – and is being reimagined as part of the kingdom’s Diriyah Gate gigaproject.
According to the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the celebration will mark the formal inauguration of the Diriyah Gate project, which is meant to be a cultural and lifestyle destination with a UNESCO World Heritage Site at its heart, as part of Saudi Arabia’s $27bn (SAR100bn) plan to reform tourism in the kingdom.
The 7km2 project will comprise 20 luxury hospital brands, including Aman Resorts, 5 iconic squares, a 15,000-seat arena, and a Formula-E racetrack.
Construction Week also reported in September 2019, that the Diriyah Gate Development Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Greg Norman Golf Design to design a 27-hole golf course in Wadi Safar, Diriyah.
Commenting on the announcement of the cornerstone ceremony, chief executive officer of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, Jerry Inzerillo, said: “There is only one Diriyah. 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.”
Inzerillo added: “We plan to break ground in January 2020 for Diriyah Gate, a mixed-use traditional urban community which celebrates the rich cultural history of Saudi Arabia. Diriyah Gate, Riyadh’s new global cultural and lifestyle destination, will be home to leading luxury and lifestyle retail brands as well as over 100 cafes and restaurants.”