Diriyah, the future of Saudi sustainable tourism

Riyadh: The world is looking to a sustainable future, with Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, leading a historic city into a world-accessible environmental landmark.
By launching the Diriyah Gate (Diriyah Gate) development project, the Kingdom seeks to become a global tourist destination in line with its Vision 2030 development plan.
The project is distinguished by a combination of several elements, including ecotourism, urban development, economic growth and the declaration of the Kingdom’s culturally rich past.
Efforts are currently being made to implement an environmental strategy to maintain an ideal balance between tourism and the city’s rich heritage.
To achieve this goal, the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) is currently creating an area dedicated to ecotourism south of the city, where the Barari Wildlife Sanctuary is located. Diriahet as well as the Palm Heritage Research and Development Center. .
Focus on sustainability
Authorities recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Oil Sustainability Program to promote the use of sustainable polymer construction materials in the current project.
This program, regulated by the Ministry of Energy, ensures that hydrocarbons are always the most efficient and sustainable way possible as part of the world’s energy mix.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the authorities will use sustainable polymers to restore and renovate the ancient city using the principles of traditional Najdi architecture, which has given the central region of the state its unique identity.
What is particularly interesting about this project is that it puts people at the center of its development process.
Authorities plan to raise public awareness of the need to protect the environment and to optimize the city’s economic return, which will soon become a popular tourist destination.
“In Diria, we are dealing with multiple problems, and we are considering innovative but practical ways to find the right solution. Some of these problems are related to environmental sustainability, and others are related to optimizing the economic performance of cities as tourist destinations, “the authority said in a statement.
“Other issues are related to behavioral awareness and the environmental impact of individuals, including the administration of law – existing and desired – that governs or manages the human environment according to sustainable goals, requirements and standards,” he added.
Tourism is at the top of the list
According to the authorities, once completed, the project is expected to attract more than 7 million tourists each year, in line with the goals of Vision 2030, which aims to build a sustainable economy, a vibrant environment and a vibrant society. State
The Diriyah Gate development project is of considerable historical and cultural significance, especially since Turaif district was the first capital of the Saudis.
At the recently concluded Future Hospitality Summit, DGDA Group CEO Jerry Inzerillo revealed that 36% of the staff involved in the project are women.
She then clarified that 16% of women work in the workforce management sector.
Moreover, he said that 40% of the workers in the Diriyah Gate project were taken from the Diriyah local community.
During the interview, he announced that once the project is completed, there will be 20,000 residential units, and contracts for the construction of these units were awarded to Saudi manufacturers.
The Diriyah Gate Development Authority recently partnered with the international luxury Hotel Four Seasons to build a new hotel on the Riyadh-based site.
It will have 150 rooms and suites, spacious meeting and event space, a wellness center and a gym.
“The Four Seasons Development Authority is working to enhance the experience of travelers in the sea, to showcase the city’s extraordinary hospitality and to be true to its rich cultural past,” Inzerillo explained.
The hotel will be located next to the Diriyah Cultural District, along the scaffolding of Wadi Hanifah, and will have an incredible view to the west and towards the UNESCO World Heritage Site, At-Turaif.

This article is a translation of an article published on Arabnews.com

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