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Saudi Arabia: Zallal to make its debut in the first half of 2025

Zallal, the first commercial office and retail project by Diriyah Company will open in Bujairi District, and will join the long list of of projects that will transform the area into a vibrant cultural and business destination

Saudi Arabia: Zallal to make its debut in the first half of 2025

Diriyah Company is responsible for preserving and promoting the rich history and heritage of Diriyah, while also working on creating innovative and culturally significant developments on a large scale. Their goal is to combine tradition with modernity to enhance the overall experience and atmosphere of the area. In line with Vision 2030, Diriyah Company has revealed information about Zallal, the maiden commercial office and retail project, slated to open in the first half of 2025 in the Bujairi District.

Upon completion, the project will feature two low-rise office buildings, offering a combined leasable area of approximately 6,000 square metres, alongside 12 mixed retail and F&B outlets spanning around 8,000 square metres.

Zallal is located adjacent to the popular Bujairi Terrace. Situated near the recently concluded Diriyah Art Futures and the forthcoming Bab Samhan Hotel, which promises to celebrate the very best of Najdi heritage and hospitality in its effortless blend of tradition and sophistication.

Jerry Inzerillo, CEO, of Diriyah Company, says, “We have been thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response to Zallal from the commercial sector, and we are currently in advanced negotiations with international and local companies eager to capitalise on the prime location in the heart of Diriyah and the diverse array of accessible retail, F&B, and office spaces available.”

Visitors and staff at Zallal will have access to a 1,400-space basement car park with direct links to Wadi Hanifah, Al Imam Abdulaziz bin Muhammad ibn Saud Road, and public transportation. Coach drop-off points will ensure a smooth arrival experience for tourists in a pedestrian-friendly environment.

The Diriyah Company recently also announced the design of ‘The Arena’, a 20,000-seat multipurpose venue located in The City of Earth on the outskirts of Riyadh. Designed by HKS, the venue is inspired by natural geology and traditional Najdi architecture, combining heritage with state-of-the-art technology for flexibility, acoustics, and viewing experiences. The Arena aims to be the top venue in the Middle East for sports, entertainment, and cultural events.

What is Diriyah?

Diriyah, the birthplace of the Kingdom and home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of At-Turaif, is undergoing a transformation to become a mixed-use destination spanning 14 square kilometres by 2030. The site, dating back to 1446, was the establishment of the First Saudi State in 1727 and is the ancestral home of the Al Saud royal family.

The development is expected to include 42 hotels, more than 100 restaurants, nine museums, and about 30,000 homes, creating 178,000 direct jobs and contributing $18.67 billion (70 billion riyals) to the national GDP. Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 strategy aims to diversify the economy away from oil by increasing the contribution of the tourism sector to 10 per cent by 2030, up from 3 per cent in 2019.