The project reflects Diriyah’s status as a unique destination with distinctive cultural, historical, and tourism landmarks, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) cited the crown prince as saying.
In 2017, a royal decree established the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) to help maintain the heritage and history of Diriyah. The DGDA will continue serving the Diriyah community, while providing the PIF with full support to establish the Diriyah Project as one of the world’s most prominent tourist destinations, SPA reported.
Giga-projects are a main pillar of the PIF’s overall strategy of transforming regions in the Kingdom, launching new sectors that drive economic growth and diversification in Saudi Arabia, and creating investment opportunities across multiple sectors, according to SPA.
The Diriyah giga-project is expected to enable many strategic domestic sectors, create partnerships with the local private sector, and unlock new investment opportunities throughout its development and production phases in various fields such as construction, operation and management of hotels, retail, entertainment, and cultural facilities, SPA reported.
The project will also help create thousands of new job opportunities and develop a series of initiatives designed to contribute to enriching the quality of life for residents and visitors.
The announcement comes as part of the leadership’s efforts to enhance Saudi Arabia’s cultural identity. The Diriyah Project is located in the birthplace of the Kingdom and is home to several significant natural and historical monuments, including the Turaif District UNESCO World Heritage Site.