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Diriyah Company Reveals Diriyah Square: The Commercial Heart of The Diriyah Giga Project
Diriyah Company Reveals Diriyah Square_ The Commercial Heart of The Diriyah Giga Project

Diriyah Square, part of the $63 Billion Diriyah Giga project is due to open later this year. 

Spanning an incredible 186 square kilometers, Diriyah Square is due to feature 400 shops, 100 restaurants, six luxury hotels, and 34 branded residences. 

Diriyah Square aims to blend modern luxuries with 300 year old Najdi architecture which promises to be an immersive global attraction.

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Overview of Diriyah Square

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Diriyah Square, part of the Diriyah Gate project, is an upcoming retail and visionary lifestyle cultural destination near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

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Diriyah Square spans 186 square kilometers and is an ambitious development project blending modern luxuries with 300-year-old traditional Najdi architecture and located just 15 minutes from downtown Riyadh.

This remarkable destination is set to redefine urban planning by transforming Diriyah, also known as “The City of Earth,” into a thriving capital of culture, entertainment, education, and arts.

Defining Features of Diriyah Square

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It is designed to become an international focal point, connecting the world’s finest retail brands with local artisan goods.

Key Features of Diriyah Square

  • Over 400 Shops
  • More than 100 Dining Spots
  • Nine Cultural Theatres
  • Six Luxury Hotels and Resorts
  • Thirty-Four Branded Residences
  • Three Integrated Residential Communities
  • Five Office Buildings
  • Underground Parking
  • Kindergarten

The development of six hotels in Diriyah Square has also been officially announced. These hotels include Armani, Baccarat, Corinthia, Fauchon le Hotel, Orient Express, and Rosewood.

Construction and Unveiling of Diriyah Square

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Construction on Diriyah Square commenced in 2019 and is scheduled to be completed in 2024. 

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Once open, it will offer a complete lifestyle, from leisure and entertainment to ultra-luxurious hotels and places to work and live – all within an iconic destination steeped in heritage, culture, and promise.

The Three Key Values of Diriyah Square

Authenticity

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The Diriyah Square project will faithfully apply timeless Najdi-inspired architecture and design principles. This will ensure the project is immediately recognizable and provides a distinct proposition for the region while remaining true to the Kingdom’s heritage and vision.

Future 

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Diriyah Square is a bold and ambitious project that creates an exciting future while being anchored by the past. Underpinned by state-of-the-art infrastructure, above and below ground, a thriving Najd village will deliver an urban, walkable city that will be a legacy for future generations.

Place 

Placemaking is central to the success of Diriyah Square. The project brings together beautiful opportunities for all in a uniquely livable place. 

It presents everything from a predominantly open-air, authentic streetscape of inviting laneways, open-air courtyards, and souks to the delivery of a thriving day and night-time economy.

A Symbol of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

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As part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, Diriyah Square is poised to become a hub of commerce, culture, and sustainability. The project emphasizes sustainability, community engagement, and cultural preservation. 

It promises to be an immersive experience and global attraction that promotes commerce, culture, and sustainability.

A Destination for Global Retail Brands

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Diriyah Square will host over 400 new retail outlets and more than 100 restaurants and cafes at the heart of the historic Diriyah development area, incorporating 300-year-old traditional architectural concepts and design. 

It aims to become an international focal point that connects the world’s finest retail brands with local artisan goods.

Diriyah Square: More Than Just a Shopping Destination

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Diriyah Square is more than just a shopping destination. It symbolizes Saudi Arabia’s commitment to driving economic growth and fostering creativity and innovation. It is an ambitious project, creating an exciting future while being anchored by the past.

A Cultural Destination

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Diriyah Square is set to become one of the world’s greatest gathering places in the vibrant heart of authentic Diriyah. It will house a diverse collection of museums, an arts district with galleries, restaurants, and retail experiences, and a ‘period village’ that recreates life as it was 300 years ago.

A Sustainable Development

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The development of Diriyah Square emphasizes sustainability, community engagement, and cultural preservation. It is poised to become a hub of commerce, culture, and entertainment while promoting sustainability.

A Global Attraction

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Diriyah Square, part of the Diriyah Gate project, is an ambitious development project that promises to be an immersive experience and global attraction. It is set to open by 2024 and promises to become a hub of commerce, culture, and sustainability. 

Nearby Attractions to Diriyah Square

Bujairi Terrace 

Recently, Al Bujairi Heritage Park and Bujairi Terrace have undergone significant developments, making them must-visit destinations. 

Bujairi Terrace, unveiled on December 4th, 2022, is a premier high-end dining destination. Spanning 15,000 square meters and comprising 21 international and local top-tier Bujairi Terrace restaurants serving a mix of international and local cuisines.

From Bujairi Terrace, visitors can also enjoy a breathtaking view of the iconic At-Turaif and its surroundings. 

Wadi Hanifa

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Wadi Hanifa, nestled in the heart of Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, beckons travelers eager to immerse themselves in the region’s natural allure and cultural richness. 

With its abundant greenery and pristine streams, this picturesque valley offers an unforgettable experience for visitors seeking to explore and learn about its surroundings.

At-Turaif World Heritage Site

Diriyah is situated 15 minutes northwest of Riyadh and is also home to the At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Located in the old city of Ad Diriyah, the historic At Turaif World Heritage Site was the original home of the royal family of Saudi Arabia and represented the capital of their dynasty up till 1818. 

Other Transformative Developments in Diriyah

Diriyah’s Arena

Diriyah Company has announced plans for a 20,000 Seater Arena in Diriyah as part of Diriyah’s $63 billion Gigaproject master plan located on the outskirts of Riyadh.

London’s HKS architects have introduced groundbreaking designs unveiling a 76,000 square meter arena embraced by an urban park. 

Drawing inspiration from the intricate motifs of Najdi forts and palaces, the Arena’s design harmonizes Saudi heritage with a touch of modern sophistication. Upon its completion, the arena aspires to establish itself as a frontrunner in the Middle East, welcoming prominent sports and cultural events.

The Wadi Safar Project

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The Diriyah Gate Development Authority recently introduced the Wadi Safar project, which is set to transform the metropolis of Riyadh into an oasis. The project, often compared to the ‘Bel Air’ of Saudi Arabia, is set to sell approximately 40 to 50 luxury homes in its Wadi Safar community. 

Each house is priced at a minimum of $25 million, catering to a select clientele of ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Wadi Safar, situated west of Diriyah, is about more than just luxury homes. 

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The community will also feature a championship golf course, royal diriyah equestrian, and polo club, adding to the allure of this high-end residential project.

The Ritz-Carlton Diriyah Hotel

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Marriott International has unveiled the start of the construction of the upcoming Ritz-Carlton hotel in Diriyah, which is scheduled to open in 2026. 

It is situated within the $63 Billion Diriyah Giga Project, the five-star establishment is set to include 195 guest rooms and 34 luxury suites. 

The hotel will also feature luxury dining venues, outdoor pools, and a fitness center, providing immersive guest experiences.

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Saudico, a leading construction firm in Saudi Arabia, has also secured a $186 million contract from Diriyah Company to construct the luxurious  Ritz-Carlton Residences in Diriyah. The contract was awarded at the PIF Private Sector Forum held in Riyadh.

The Ritz-Carlton Branded Residences 

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To nurture a harmonious community experience, promoting social interaction through cultural venues, plazas, and leisure facilities, Diriyah Company and Ritz-Carlton have also announced the launch of the first Ritz-Carlton Luxury Branded Residences in the Kingdom.

The Villas will have 3 distinct luxury interior designs ranging from Najdi to contemporary. On completion, the Diriyah Project is due to feature 20,000 residential units, luxury hotels, and restaurants.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences offers six residential villa layouts from three to five bedrooms. Each villa includes a courtyard, presenting an ideal space for residents to relax and unwind. Furthermore, residents can choose three interior designs from traditional Najdi to contemporary.

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