Saudi Arabia’s spectacular Diriyah Oasis entertainment hub opens to visitors

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The destination has been established as a centerpiece of the season. (Photo/Supplied)
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The destination has been established as a centerpiece of the season. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 30 November 2019

Saudi Arabia’s spectacular Diriyah Oasis entertainment hub opens to visitors

  • The Diriyah cultural and recreation area has been constructed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was Saudi Arabia’s first capital and is known as the ‘home of kings and heroes’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s spectacular Diriyah Oasis on Friday opened its doors to visitors as part of the first Diriyah Season of entertainment events.

The destination has been established as a centerpiece of the season which aims to showcase the province’s rich heritage, resources and unique architecture.

The Diriyah cultural and recreation area has been constructed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was Saudi Arabia’s first capital and is known as the “home of kings and heroes.”

Diriyah Oasis is split into four activity zones — nature, imagination, reflection and excitement — covering more than 130,000 square meters.

The nature zone includes an aerial Zip-Zag ride in addition to green areas where visitors can explore farmers’ markets, forests and a butterfly oasis.

Attractions

For thrill-seekers, the imagination section offers the chance to try the StarFlyer ride, while children can enjoy games at the Steam Lab interactive exhibition. Other zonal attractions include illusion rooms, art and craft workshops, a confetti dome and an urban maze.

Near to Diriyah’s giant wheel, visitors will be able to sit and relax around ponds in the soothing environment of the reflection zone, which also features an outdoor ice rink and aqua karts (kart racing on water).

The excitement zone aims to get hearts racing with its four unique escape rooms, a laser tag area, a virtual-reality sports world, and bumper cars.

All the zones will include carnival games, stalls and a range of dining options.


Saudi assistant defense minister dies aged 68

Updated 08 August 2020

Saudi assistant defense minister dies aged 68

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s assistant minister of defense, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh, died on Friday, aged 68.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defense said he had been suffering from an illness.

Al-Ayesh had been appointed to the position in May 2014 having previously been commander-in-chief of the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF) between 2010 and 2013.

Born in 1952 and from Jouf, he joined the RSAF in 1970 and graduated from King Faisal Air Academy as a pilot in 1972, becoming a pilot officer on F-15 fighter jets in the same year.

In 1974, he was appointed pilot officer in the 13th Squadron on Lightning interceptor aircraft and in 1982 maintained the title in the same squadron flying F-15s. Al-Ayesh attended an instructor pilot and weapons instructor course on Lightning aircraft in the UK in 1978.

He also served as the director of the RSAF Command’s plans and operations department, the commander of King Khalid Air Base, chief of RSAF operations, and deputy commander of the RSAF.

During his career, Al-Ayesh received several military medals including the King Abdul Aziz Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Legion of Merit from France, the First-Class Military Medal for Respect, and a Bronze Star from the US.