Saudi’s Diriyah Masterplan Receives LEED Platinum Certification

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Saudi’s Diriyah Masterplan Phase 1, has officially received LEED Platinum certification. The historic milestone marks the development as the very first project to receive the Platinum Level LEED for Cities Certification. Moreover, the achievement highlights its commitment and focus on eco-conscious development and sustainability.

In a nutshell, Saudi’s Diriyah project features mixed-use components and structures that target to fuse commercial and residential living. In addition to shopping, as well as entertainment options. It will include about 38 brand resorts and hotels, alongside properties developed by big-name brands such as Park Hyatt and Ritz Carlton.

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) began phase one’s construction works in 2020. The Bujairi district features as one of the first areas to benefit from the transformational development.

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Saudi’s Diriyah Masterplan’s Sustainable Design

As a whole, Saudi’s Diriyah Masterplan Phase 1’s innovative urban design strategically aims to foster a cooling microclimate. According to official reports, its total cost is about 63.2 billion riyals ($17 billion). Furthermore, the mega development’s courtyards and narrow streets enable ample shading. Additionally, official sources reveal that the project features designated car-free zones, in an effort to elevate a more, pedestrian-centric public domain.

By 2030, Saudi Arabia strives to attract 100 million visitors. Diriyah targets to attract 27 million of Saudi’s annual visitors to the 14 square kilometer development. A press release statement further revealed that Saudi’s Diriyah will potentially be home to a population of over 100,000. 

Quite impressively, the development features heritage sites that have been brought forth by a team of 30 Saudi guides. The sites focus on subjects that include traditional architecture, equestrianism, trade, and currency. While commenting on the milestone achievement, the CEO of DIriyah Company Group said it has further motivated the project development. Jerry Inzerillo also added that it also surpassed 50 million safe man-hours, helping the project set new industry benchmarks.


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