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.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 24 January 2020

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.