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Diriyah Company Reveals Plans for A 20,000 Seater Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Diriyah Company Reveals Plans for A 20000 Seater Arena in Diriyah Saudi Arabia

Diriyah Company has unveiled plans for a 20,000 seater arena as part of Diriyah’s $63 billion Gigaproject master plan located on the outskirts of Riyadh.

The designs unveiled by London based HKS architects showcase a 76,000 square meter arena surrounded by an urban park.

The Arena’s design is mirrored on the look of Najdi forts and palaces, combining Saudi heritage with modern flair.

On completion, the arena aims to become a leading venue in the Middle East, hosting major sports and cultural events.

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Introducing The Arena in Diriyah

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The Arena in Diriyah, located on the outskirts of Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, is set to be an iconic 20,000-seat multipurpose sports, entertainment, and cultural venue. 

The project was unveiled by the Diriyah Company at MIPIM in Cannes, with the UK Minister of State for Business and Trade, Lord Dominic Johnson of Lainston, in attendance, marking a significant milestone in transforming Diriyah as a key driver for cultural and economic growth in Saudi Arabia.

The development is part of a massive $63.2 billion master plan that underpins Diriyah’s development. The plan aims to redefine cultural and lifestyle offerings within Riyadh, making it a must-visit global destination.

A Masterpiece by HKS Architects

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The Arena in Diriyah is a unique and innovative concept design crafted by London-based HKS Architects. The architectural firm was tasked with creating a technologically advanced, globally significant arena that embodies the essence of its surroundings, geology, and culture.

The design is spread over a colossal 76,000 square meters, aiming to establish itself as the premier venue in the Middle East. It serves as a tourism hallmark and aims to completely transform the region’s events landscape, attracting visitors from across the globe.

HKS Architects lead architect Alex Thomas stated, “We are exceptionally proud to be a part of this project. The architecture rises from the landscape as a series of monoliths, evoking local geological formations and alluding to ancient Nadji forts and palaces that have animated and lit ‘digital waterfalls.’ The visual energy of the waterfalls serves as a beacon, drawing guests to the dynamic experience inside.”

A Blend of Heritage and Innovation

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The Arena in Diriyah perfectly blends tradition and innovation. The architecture draws inspiration from the natural geology surrounding Diriyah and the traditional Najdi architecture motif that spans centuries of heritage.

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The venue will be able to seamlessly transition between different configurations within hours, offering the flexibility to host various events in quick succession. Its state-of-the-art design will ensure exceptional acoustics and optimal viewing angles from every seat, promising an extended entertainment experience.

Jerry Inzerillo, Group CEO of Diriyah Company, said: “The Arena in Diriyah is a cornerstone element of our mission to blend tradition with innovation. It exemplifies Diriyah’s unique lifestyle offering that harmonizes community, culture, and natural connection, setting a new standard for world-class destinations rooted in Saudi heritage.” 

The Arena in Diriyah: Dynamic Marketplace Hub

The Arena in Diriyah will be more than just an entertainment venue. It will also be home to a vibrant shopping and dining district, providing direct and convenient access to various retail and food establishments.

Adjacent to the Arena will be the Plaza, an outdoor venue for live performances pop-up shows, and an urban park for residents and visitors alike. This integration of leisure and entertainment facilities is set to make the Arena a central hub of activity and excitement.

Digital Waterfalls at Arena in Diriyah

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Adding a modern edge to the cultural design, there are plans for digital waterfalls to light up the Arena in Diriyah. The visual energy of the waterfalls will serve as a beacon, drawing guests to the dynamic experience inside.

Spearheading Diriyah’s Transformation

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The Arena in Diriyah is much more than just an entertainment venue; it is a testament to Saudi Arabia’s commitment to creating world-class destinations that showcase its rich heritage while embracing modernity. 

As the project takes shape, the world waits with bated breath for the completion of what is set to be a game-changer in the global entertainment scene.

Boosting Saudi’s Entertainment Sector

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The Arena in Diriyah is expected to enhance Saudi Arabia’s entertainment offerings significantly. It will accommodate many events, from intimate concerts to major international sporting events, stimulating tourism and economic growth.

Looking to the Future

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As the Arena in Diriyah takes shape, it is set to redefine the future of entertainment in the region. It will enhance the region’s entertainment landscape.

Lastly, it will also contribute significantly to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, a strategic framework to reduce the country’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors.

Nearby Attractions: Bujairi Terrace

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 offering various cuisines.

Known for its distinctive dining, culture, and heritage, Bujairi Terrace is nestled in the historical birthplace of the Saudi state, Diriyah.

At-Turaif World Heritage Site

Diriyah, a heritage site known as “The City of Earth,” 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. 

More Transformative Projects in Diriyah 

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.

Keep Reading: Saudico Secures $186 Million Contract To Construct The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Diriyah

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