Case Study:
Diriyah Gate

Located in the northwestern outskirts of Saudi capital city Riyadh, Diriyah is the original home of the Saudi royal family and served as the capital of the Emirate of Diriyah from 1744 to 1818. The Turaif district is a UNECSO World Heritage Site and includes iconic places such as Salwa Palace and At-Turaif Bath House with traditional Najdi architectural typology.

Saudi Arabia has formed the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) to oversee the preservation and development of the historic site. It will become a major tourist and cultural destination covering 7-square kilometres and a key project to increase the role of the tourism sector in Saudi’s economic output to ten percent by 2030 in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The aspirational programme will provide for 27 million local and international visitors by 2030. Many of which are expected to be People of Determination (disabled people).

Direct Access has worked with Saudi and Middle East Architectural firms working on office developments and educational provision as part of the Diriyah Gate development advising on the applicability of the Saudi Building Code, Mostadam requirements and drawing on international best practice in disability inclusion. This is aimed to preserve and protect Arab and national heritage for future generations.

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