CW Expert Interviews | Diriyah Gate's construction update in Saudi Arabia

DGDA delves into the details of building the world’s largest cultural and heritage development in KSA

In our latest episode of our Expert Interviews series, Construction Week speaks to Jonathan Timms, chief design & development officer at Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking exclusively to Construction Week, Timms discusses the idea behind the Najdi architecture of the 7km2 site, the project’s construction update, how COVID-19 affected development, and what it means to be involved with the gigaproject.

Described as the “jewel of the kingdom”, Timms adds that the projects aims to re-imagine authentic Najdi-style living, coupled with world-class amenities of today.

The project aims at restoring the 15th century city of Diriyah that was established on the banks of Wadi Hanifah in 1446 AD and became the capital of the first Saudi state in 1744 AD.

The city of Diriyah, north-west of Riyadh, is being touted as one of the largest habitable mud cities, overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Site of At-Turaif.

The development is set to be completed in its entirety by 2025 and will feature high-end hotels, residential, entertainment and retail areas.

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