Diriyah Season is back with events running from 12th December 2023 to March 2024. The annual Diriyah Season celebrates the birth of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and features hundreds of events including cultural performances as well as the Diriyah Formula E World Championship in January 2024.
What is Diriyah Season?
Diriyah Season is an annual themed festival that brings the cultural heritage of Diriyah to life through a captivating array of hundreds of events and experiences.
With something for everyone, from live performances to immersive art installations, culinary experiences, and outdoor activities, there is always a reason to return to Diriyah, the City of Earth.
This Season’s Theme
This year’s edition, under the theme ‘Hal Al Ajwa,’ aims to celebrate the heritage and identity of the Kingdom. Residents and locals are invited to come together and partake in this grand celebration, which is set to pay tribute to Diriyah’s origin story.
Unveiling of the Diriyah Season
The grand return of the Diriyah Season was announced on November 4, following the commencement of the Riyadh Season on October 28. As a part of the winter festivities, residents in the Saudi capital can look forward to two Saudi Seasons festivals.
What’s in Store for the Diriyah Season 2023-2024?
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As part of Diriyah Season 23-24, a new cultural concert series brings Saudi Arabia’s top music artists to Diriyah for a one-night-only performance. Immerse yourself in a unique musical experience within an intimate, culturally rich setting.
Revel in the artists’ best works, complemented by Samri’s timeless music and dance and enhanced by a spectacular set design.
Step into the past at At-Turaif during the First Saudi State with immersive theatrical performances. Explore ‘Nuzul Street’ to relive life three centuries ago, from souk shopping to an 18th-century school and doctor’s surgery.
This popular attraction from At-Turaif’s opening season makes a comeback with an enriched narrative for the Diriyah Season.
The historic Diriyah district revs up for the Diriyah Formula E World Championship 2024, a two-day event featuring cutting-edge racing, live music, fan festival activities, and more. Organized by the Ministry of Sport, this annual fixture promises an adrenaline-packed experience.
The Diriyah e-Prix takes place in the historic city of Diriyah and features single-seater, electric-powered racecars. Unlike Formula 1 races, which use hybrid racers fueled by internal combustion engines, the Diriyah e-Prix is a Formula E event that exclusively utilizes electric racecars.
To gain entry to the racing spectacle, secure your ticket through webook.com. Ticket availability commenced in November.
For the inaugural Diriyah E-Prix, general admission starts at a modest SAR 100 for the initial day and SAR 150 for the following day. Day one’s grandstand tickets are priced at SAR170, while day two’s grandstand experience is available for SAR255.
The Layali Diriyah, also known as Diriyah Nights, is all set to make a comeback. The new edition promises a range of immersive art installations and exhibitions, outdoor activities such as horseback riding, camping and stargazing, and culinary experiences.
The Arabian Horse Show
Experience the majestic Arabian Horse live in the Horse Arena, symbolizing strength, grace, and sensitivity with a five-millennia history across the Arabian Peninsula. Visit the Arabian Horse Gallery to explore its significance in Diriyah and Saudi culture.
Diriyah Doors Exhibition
The Diriyah Doors exhibition, new to the 2023 season, aims to highlight the legacy of Diriyah and the region of Najd. The exhibition features brightly colored doors, patterned and engraved, reflective of the Saudi culture.
The Diriyah Season 2023 is a treat for food lovers. The Ministry of Culture’s Culinary Arts Commission presents Shetana, an outdoor winter food evening experience. Taking place for four weeks at Mayadeen Theatre, Shetana is a must-visit for all food enthusiasts.
Roots Cultural Basecamp
Discover more at Roots Cultural Basecamp during the Diriyah Season. Located just a short drive from Riyadh, this outdoor adventure center in Wadi Safar offers a serene retreat with diverse activities like equestrian experiences, farming, and astronomy programs.
Roots Cultural Basecamp is a lesser-known part of Diriyah to embrace nature and cultural heritage.
Escape Room immersive experience promises to ignite your imagination, offering a thrilling challenge to your escapist abilities while enriching your understanding of the Kingdom’s historical tales.
Escape Room lets you embark on the ‘Journey to the Future’ Escape Room at Diriyah Season and test your skills in breaking out. Join forces with friends or family as you follow the path of Mane’a Almuraidi, the esteemed ancestor of the House of Al Saud.
In At-Turaif’s immersive park, Souq Al-Mawsim is a hub of Diriyah’s distinctive culture and heritage. Explore this vibrant market to discover seasonal, locally-grown fresh produce, unique crafts, and treasures from various stalls.
With various performances and cultural activities, the souq offers an ideal day out for families and groups of friends.
Explore the At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic residence of the First Saudi State. This mudbrick settlement, showcasing the unique Najdi architectural style, stands out as one of the world’s most impressive.
Roam through the narrow pathways and explore palaces, mosques, and other historic structures. Immerse yourself in At-Turaif’s galleries filled with the echoes of the past, and enhance your experience with a guided tour.
Hassan Fathy Exhibition
Explore the timeless legacy of renowned 20th-century architect Hassan Fathy (1900-1989) at the Hassan Fathy Exhibition. Fathy, a pioneer, embraced traditional forms and materials, including adobe and mud brick construction.
Commissioned by Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Commission and aligned with UNESCO’s World Heritage Programme on Earthen Architecture (WHEAP), it features the construction of Fathy’s ‘Al Diriyah House’ using authentic building methods and materials.
Diriyah Season History
The Diriyah Season 2022, much like this year’s edition, celebrated the historical area with a focus on arts, culture, and sporting events.
The event had something for everyone, From the Spanish and Italian Cup to the Diriyah E-Prix. The Diriyah Nights concert series was a major highlight, allowing guests to enjoy live music under the stars.
Discover Bujairi Terrace, Diriyah’s latest dining hotspot, where a delectable selection of global cuisines is complemented by a lively schedule of events and activities. You can discover over 15 of the best Bujairi Terrace restaurants on Welcome Saudi and enjoy your favorite cuisine in one of the most historic locations in Riyadh.
Bridging traditional and contemporary culture, the program features engaging experiences such as live performances, themed storytelling, art and craft workshops, and captivating, immersive art installations for everyone to enjoy.
How to get the Tickets
Tickets for the Diriyah Season opening ceremony are available on diriyah.sa. Choose between SAR1,5000 and SAR3,000 for a premium experience.
The Diriyah Season celebrates the past, present, and future. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Kingdom while experiencing the thrills of modern entertainment. With an array of events and activities, the Diriyah Season 2023-2024 is set to be an unforgettable experience.
More Diriyah Ventures
Diriyah Company and Ritz-Carlton have launched the first luxury branded residences in the Kingdom. The Ritz-Carlton Residences will be in Riyadh’s heart of the $63 Billion Diriyah Giga project.
Additionally, Diriyah Company has joined the United Nations World Tourism Organization as an Affiliate
Member to help boost global tourism collaboration and advance Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector. The $63 Billion Diriyah Giga Project is expected to add $18.6 billion to Saudi Arabia’s GDP.
As Saudi Arabia moves towards a progressive future, the Diriyah Season and other countrywide seasons align with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s Vision 2030.