Diriyah through young eyes: ‘It’s the jewel of Saudi Arabia’

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Helena Inzerillo in front of Salwa Palace in Diriyah
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Helena Inzerillo
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Meet the Inzerillo's: The family gathered to celebrate the royal inauguration of Diriyah.
Updated 22 November 2019

Diriyah through young eyes: ‘It’s the jewel of Saudi Arabia’

  • Helena Zakade Inzerillo: “Everyone has to come and see this place”

RIYADH: King Salman’s royal inauguration of the Diriyah Gate project — a crowning moment in Kingdom’s plans to showcase the cultural icon to the world — was watched by members of the royal family, officials and a host of international visitors.
But for one guest the spectacular opening was very much a family affair.
Helena Zakade Inzerillo, the 13-year-old daughter of Diriyah Gate Development Authority CEO Jerry Inzerillo, flew into Riyadh from New York to watch the launch of a project, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of the Saudi nation.
“Everyone has to come and see this place,” she told Arab News.
“Diriyah is an incredible place. It has so much culture and history that the world needs to know about. It’s the jewel of the Kingdom.”
Inzerillo’s middle name Zakade was given to her by her godfather Nelson Mandela. In Mandela’s Khosa language, it means “the one who took a long time to arrive.”
She is proud of her father’s work to transform the city “with his heart and soul.” 
On only her fifth visit to the Kingdom, Inzerillo said she that was “taken aback by the sheer beauty of the place.”
Jerry Inzerillo has spent decades working in the leisure, tourism and hospitality sectors. He was CEO of the Forbes Travel Guide from 2014 to 2018, president and CEO of IMG Artists from 2012 to 2014, and president of resort giant Kerzner International from 1991 to 2011.
He has worked on the Diriyah Gate project for the past two years and told Arab News the site “has always held a special place in my heart.”
“There is only one Diriyah,” he said with a heartfelt smile.

 

 


Forum to feature 5,000 investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia

The forum seeks to expand the base of competitors for the investment opportunities presented by all of Saudi Arabia’s municipalities in various economic fields. (SPA)
Updated 17 February 2020

Forum to feature 5,000 investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia

  • The forum seeks to expand the base of competitors for the investment opportunities presented by all of Saudi Arabia’s municipalities in various economic fields

RIYADH: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs announced the first Municipal Investments Forum, called Furas — Opportunities — to be held on Feb. 24 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
“The forum seeks to expand the base of competitors for the investment opportunities presented by all of the Kingdom’s municipalities in various economic fields, which would contribute to the Saudi cities’ development,” said the ministry’s deputy minister for planning and programs, Khalid Al-Dughaither.
“It also introduces investors and the private sector to the initiatives focused on developing the municipal sector’s investment system and the future trends in light of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030,” he said.