Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) which is responsible for building Diriyah, has announced that 16 additional global hotel brands will join its hospitality portfolio.

The 16 hotel brands slated to open will be situated across two of DGDA’s masterplan areas – Diriyah and Wadi Safar.

The hotels which have just been announced for Diriyah include Thai brand Anantara (part of Minor Hotels), Corinthia Hotels, Marriott International’s Edition Hotels, Taj Hotels, The Langham, Waldorf Astoria, 1 Hotels, Pendry Hotels and Resorts, Treehouse Hotel, Hyatt Place, Marriott International’s Moxy Hotels and Radisson Hotel Group’s Radisson RED.

The new hotels announced for Wadi Safar include Faena Hotel which is the result of a global partnership between Faena Group and Accor, Montage Hotels and Resorts, The Chedi by GHM Hotels and Well Health Retreat.

The announcement of the 16 new hotels takes the list of confirmed openings to 32, with its first hotel planned to open in 2023.

The infrastructure of Diriyah’s first phase of hotel construction will feature an interpretation of the local landscape and traditional Najdi design themes, whereas the next phase will deliver a more evolved Najdi design experience.

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Jerry Inzerillo, group CEO of DGDA, said, “We are excited to further Diriyah’s position as Saudi Arabia’s historical and cultural epicenter by bringing international hoteliers to operate within Diriyah. Each and every hotel brand offers a special, distinctive experience for visitors, all united by a shared promise to provide a unique set of high-quality services measured to global standards for all of Diriyah’s guests.”

The US$50.6 billion mixed-use Diriyah giga project will open, ground-break and announce assets every year from 2022 until completion. To this end, Diriyah has announced the opening of two of its most significant locations: At-Turaif, the UNESCO World Heritage Site which is considered as the birthplace of Saudi Arabia, as well as Bujairi Terrace, the kingdom’s premium dining destination overlooking At-Turaif.

The Diriyah project was first announced in 2017 and the current development is spread over 14 sq km. Diriyah is forecast to host 27 million visitors annually by 2030. To meet those numbers, there will be a total of 38 hotels across the entire project. Previously announced hotels for the project include Emaar Hospitality Group’s Address Hotels and Resorts, New York’s Baccarat Hotels and Resorts, an Armani Hotel – only the third Armani property in the world, Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton, Accor’s Raffles and Orient Express brands, a Rosewood and Four Seasons too, among others.