The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has revealed that construction on Saudi Arabia’s gigaproject, Diriyah Gate, has commenced after ground broke on one of the development’s foremost areas Bujairi Square.

The developer claims that this is one of the first gigaprojects in Saudi Arabia that has broken ground.

Diriyah Gate will comprise a mixed use area of dining, Diriyah Art Oasis – an arts centre designed to support and inspire the production of contemporary Saudi art and international emerging artists, as well as At-Turaif – the original home of the Al Saud Royal family.

The Diriyah province, north-west of Riyadh, is being touted as one of the largest habitable mud cities, overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Site of At-Turaif.

DGDA laid the foundation stone on the Diriyah Gate gigaproject in November 2019.

On completion, Diriyah Gate will feature an array of cultural, leisure, hospitality and residential areas, including more than 20 hotels, several museums and more than 100 places to dine.

The development will be home to a population of 100,000 residents and hospitality guests as well as professional, hospitality and retail workers, as well as aiming to attract 25 million visitors annually.