Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb inaugurated the UNESCO World Heritage sites At-Turaif and the Bujairi Terrace in Diriyah on Monday. Visitors will start flocking to the sites on Dec. 4, marking a new stage in the history of Diriyah.
The Diriyah Gate Development Authority held a special gala dinner for several World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) delegates who were present in Riyadh for the 22nd WTTC Global Summit.
The opening of At-Turaif and the Bujairi Terrace is a very important event for the Diriyah Gate Development project, which has a value of $63.2 billion.
Today, Bujairi Terrace includes more than 20 restaurants, including four Michelin-starred restaurants, and a group of carefully selected Saudi restaurants that serve a varied menu of traditional and contemporary cuisine.
DGDA Group CEO Jerry Inzerillo said that the opening of the neighborhood again to the public “represents the beginning of a new era in the history of Diriyah, which is a symbol that embodies the history and values of the Saudi nation as it has been preserved over the centuries.”
Inzerillo stressed that Diriyah, once again, is presented as a place for the meeting of global cultures.
“This event represents a clear confirmation of the long-term and ambitious national transformation that the DGDA contributes through its comprehensive project system, foremost of which is the preservation of the Saudi cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible,” said Inzerillo.
According to Inzerillo, the At-Turaif neighborhood represents one of the most important historical sites in Saudi Arabia.
Furthermore, Inzerillo stressed that the completion of a restaurants area in the Bujairi Terrace embodies the great and tangible progress of the DGDA’s contribution to the Quality of Life Program as one of the most important programs of “Saudi Vision 2030.”
The diversity offered by famous local and international restaurants will make Bujairi Terrace the first destination for luxury restaurants in the Kingdom.