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$50bn Diriyah giga-project unveils plans for Diriyah Square

Scheduled to open by 2024, Diriyah Square will be a gathering place, offering culture, retail, leisure and entertainment.

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Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has unveiled plans for Diriyah Square, billed as the commercial heart of its $50bn Diriyah giga-project on the edge of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

Scheduled to open by 2024, Diriyah Square is the giga-project’s gathering place, offering a wealth of culture, retail, leisure and entertainment, as well as luxury hotels, and places to work and live.

“Diriyah Square has crafted a collection of the finest culture, hospitality, retail, leisure and entertainment assets,” said Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of DGDA. “The project is set to become one of the world’s greatest gathering places, all in the vibrant heart of authentic Diriyah.”

Diriyah Square open by 2024

Home to more than 450 global retail brands and 100 artisan souks, Diriyah Square will be steeped in heritage and culture. Construction on Diriyah Square started in 2019. It is on track to complete ahead of the opening in 2024.

“Diriyah Square is one of the most extraordinary projects being developed in the world today, and we are thrilled to cultivate such a compelling opportunity for retailers, brands and operators to call Diriyah Square home,” said Jonathan Timms, president of Diriyah Development Company, a subsidiary of DGDA.

Saudi Arabia is creating a host of new attractions and giga-projects as part of Vision 2030. These include Qiddiya, the Red Sea Project, AlUla, and NEOM.

The Diriyah giga-project is a culture and lifestyle destination with entertainment, dining and shopping. Upon completion, it will house a population of 100,000 residents, workers and visitors.

Diriyah giga-project in Saudi

The development features world-class cultural and educational offerings. It includes 38 hotels, a diverse collection of museums, and a retail heart.

Diriyah residents and visitors will learn about Saudi history at several museums, and will enjoy a ‘period village’ that recreates life as it was 300 years ago. There will also be an arts district, with galleries, restaurants and retail experiences.

“This one-of-a-kind project will present over 400 of the finest retail brands from across the kingdom and around the world in an authentic and intimate environment of streets and squares, whilst we protect and celebrate the distinctive character of Diriyah,” Timms added.

Images: DGDA

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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