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Diriyah: timeline

1446

Establishment of Diriyah

Prince Mani’ Al- Muraydi migrates towards the Wadi Hanifah Valley and establishes the Emirate of Diriyah.

1727

Establishment of the First Saudi State.

The Imam Mohammed bin Saud establishes the first Saudi State and names Diriyah as its capital.

1805

Unification of most of the Arabian Peninsula

A time of prosperity, the Arabian Peninsula is unified for the first time in over a thousand years.

1902

Unification Campaign of the Kingdom

King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud commences a unification campaign starting with the recapturing of Riyadh.

1932

The Kingdom is born

A declaration of the unification of the State under the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is made by King Abdulaziz.
A declaration of the unification of the State under the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is made by King Abdulaziz.A declaration of the unification of the State under the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is made by King Abdulaziz.

1973

Conservation of historic Diriyah begins

Operating under the Agency for Antiquities and Museums at the Ministry of Knowledge, conservation begins.

1998

Historic Diriyah Development Project

Led by the CTHM King Salman, the Historic Diriyah Development Project is formalized into a program.

2010

At-Turaif is inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site

After restoration, operating with the guidance of UNESO, At-Turaif is inscribed into the UNESCO World heritage List.

2017

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Pursuant to a Royal Decree (No. A/295), DGDA is established to preserve, develop, celebrate, and regulate Diriyah.

2022

Diriyah Company

Diriyah Company is established to conserve Diriyah’s heritage while developing a new cultural capital.

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2022

The future of the City 
of Earth

We are committed to delivering culture-led development on an unprecedented scale that will secure and celebrate Diriyah’s unique heritage and legacy.

Projected Visits by 2030Projected Visits by 2030

50 Mn

Projected Visits by 2030
Contribution to GDPContribution to GDP

SAR 70 Bn

Contribution to GDP
Future jobs createdFuture jobs created

178,000

Future jobs created
Projected residentsProjected residents

100,000

Projected residents

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Every aspect of Diriyah’s planning, design, and construction has been developed with sustainability in mind.

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Diriyah blends modernity and tradition to create a human-scaled and pedestrian-focused sustainable city.

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