Work has started on Saudi Arabia’s $17bn (SAR64bn) Diriyah Gate Project, which aims to preserve heritage architecture and create a modern mixed-use community with museums, hotels, exhibition halls and an amphitheatre.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud laid the foundation stone for the project, which aims to turn the historical area into a cultural heritage project attractive to locals and tourists.
Diriyah is a historical landmark in Saudi Arabia that dates back to the 18th century and holds an impact place in Saudi history.
The Diriyah Gate Development Authority was created to protect the historical site and develop a new future for it.
This will see the creation of 20 international hotel brands with 3,100 rooms and 15,000-seat amphitheatre that will host outdoor sporting events including Formula E.
In total the 7km² site will include five areas to explore: King Salman Square; Samhan Amphitheater; Monument Square; Al-Masjid square; and a historic village.
Places, streets, gates, towers and squares will be given names inspired by famous historical figures, kings and heroes to celebrate the country’s ancient heritage, Saudi’s state-run press agency said.
Six museums will also be built, showcasing history, contemporary art, culture and innovation.
Museum of Al Saud House, for example, will include a pavilion dedicated to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the legacy he has created.