Diriyah is the Country's First Capital: A Cultural Legacy
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Diriyah is the Country’s First Capital: A Cultural Legacy that Many Saudis Cherish



Diriyah is the jewel of the KSA. More than three centuries ago, the city saw the creation of Saudi Arabia's first state.

The city of Diriyah is the jewel of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. More than three centuries ago, the city saw the creation of Saudi Arabia’s first state.

Imam Muhammad bin Saud designated Diriyah the state’s capital in 1139 AH/1727 AD. He set a cultural and historical heritage that is still celebrated today by all Saudis.


The Achievements of Imam Muhammad bin Saud in Diriyah

Imam Muhammad bin Saud made the city a model for building and growth throughout his rule. He offered education and development special attention.

Along with its transformation from a modest urban agglomeration, the city became the state that united the Arabian Peninsula.


Diriyah Strategic and Historical Importance

Just 20 km from Riyadh, Diriyah boasts an abundance of natural resources because of the neighbouring Wadi Hanifah.

“Mani ibn Rabia Al-Muraydi” founded the city in the fifteenth century AD. It has experienced extraordinary expansion in both architecture and commerce.


Historic Landmarks

The city has great pride in its ancient sites, such as the At-Turaif World Heritage Site and Salwa Palace. They stand as examples of the best-in-class city architecture. The structures, which stand as a testament to a golden period when the nation solidified its identity and legacy, are notable for their strength and longevity.


Diriyah Gate Project and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030

The Project is one of the most well-known national initiatives as part of the Kingdom’s effort to realise the objectives of its 2030 vision.

The objective of this project is to build museums, cultural centres, and hotel accommodations that reflect the genuine character and legacy of Diriyah, to make it a popular tourist and cultural destination.

In November 2019, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, launched the Historic Diriyah Development Project. His Highness the Crown Prince, Chairman of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, supervised its progress to make it a prominent tourist and cultural destination locally and globally.

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority intends to construct special museums and centres for a variety of heritage and cultural events and exhibitions, to emphasise Diriyah’s historical significance to the region’s strategic and economic progress, and to develop various traditional heritage sites.