Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Gate project cornerstone to be laid on Wednesday

The event comes as the country continues its transformation plans in line with Vision 2030. (SPA)
Updated 29 November 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Gate project cornerstone to be laid on Wednesday

  • Diriyah Gate Project will kick off in earnest at the beginning of 2020, and will be one of the biggest projects within the Kingdom’s plans, at a cost of more than SR64 billion

RIYADH: The adobe city of Diriyah, the birthplace of the Saudi nation, is hosting the cornerstone-laying event organized by the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) on Wednesday to inaugurate the Diriyah Gate project.

It aims to restore the historical city as a cultural heritage project, and restore it to its former state, to become a local and international tourist destination.

The event comes as the country continues its transformation plans in line with Vision 2030, with Diriyah considered one of the most prominent destinations for tourism and culture. The event will also feature fireworks and a performance by an Orchestra.

Diriyah Gate Project will kick off in earnest at the beginning of 2020, and will be one of the biggest projects within the Kingdom’s plans, at a cost of more than SR64 billion ($17 billion).

It will become a mixed-use traditional urban community, home to over 100,000 tourists, guests, residents and students at a time.

It is hoped Diriyah Gate will attract 25 to 30 million visitors annually, to enjoy word-class cultural, educational and recreational facilities, including museums and galleries that will offer visitors interactive and fun experiences.

The project will also include exhibitions, restaurants and arts academies that will launch educational initiatives in local specializations, including Arabic calligraphy, Islamic arts, Najdi architectural style, Najdi cuisine arts, theater, and Arab music.


Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

KSRelief aircraft contains medical supplies, ventilators and other relief goods for blast victims. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 August 2020

Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

  • KSRelief teams are also active in treating blast victims

RIYADH: A third King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) plane loaded with aid arrived in Beirut on Saturday as part of a relief air bridge that was set up to help the people in wake of the Beirut blasts.

The air bridge was established on the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
KSRelief Adviser Dr. Ali bin Hamed Al-Ghamdi said the third plane is loaded with ventilators, hospital and medical equipment, as well as various medicines and disinfectants. It also contains food, tents, mattresses, blankets and cooking supplies.
So far, 200 tons of aid from the Kingdom have been flown to Lebanon with specialized teams to follow up and supervise the distribution operations.
KSRelief teams are also active in Lebanon in treating victims of the blast.
Earlier, two Saudi aircraft carrying more than 120 tons of medicines, equipment, and emergency supplies were dispatched to Beirut.
KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that the assistance highlights the pivotal role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.

The Saudi aid will help alleviate the sufferings of Lebanese people.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, Chief of the High Relief, Commission in Lebanon

The twin blasts devastated large areas of the Lebanese capital and destroyed vital infrastructure, including grain storage silos and port facilities.
Lebanon, already reeling from an economic and currency collapse, now faces the threat of food shortages and a major hit to exports and imports.
Countries around the world have rushed to help Lebanon in the wake of the port explosion on Aug. 4.
The secretary-general of the High Relief Commission in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, thanked the Kingdom for the urgent humanitarian aid provided through KSRelief.
In a press statement, he praised the historical relations between the two countries, noting the Saudi aid will help alleviate the suffering of Lebanese people.
Residents in the Kingdom can also help Lebanon by making donations through KSRelief’s website.