| 2 March 2024, Saturday |

As Diriyah flourishes, project officials adamant on maintaining Saudi heritage

As part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 initiative, Saudi Arabia is expanding, growing, and developing. The Kingdom is investing $63 billion in one specific project, which recently had some 27,000 people and 70 cranes on the job site.

Diriyah, the project’s original location and the ancestral residence of King Salman and the Al Saud family, is the cradle of the first Saudi state.

Al Arabiya English received an exclusive presentation of the future plans of Diriyah, a city that will be walkable from end to end within minutes.

However, it is more than just a construction project, according to Jerry Inzerillo, the Group CEO of Diriyah Company.

“There’s a lot of projects going on in the Kingdom, but this one is the birthplace of the Kingdom. This one is actually the source of the Saudi identity,” Inzerillo told Al Arabiya English from his office, overlooking the 10-plus sq. km. mixed-use destination.

The Bujairi Terrace, full of bustling restaurants, has already opened. Bujairi Terrace saw an estimated 5,000 visitors on the last Saturday of October.

Alongside the terrace is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important cultural sites, At-Turaif, which has recently been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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