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Important Announcement :

from Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Compensation begins for Landowners of Certain Areas within the Districts of (Alkhuzama, Alnakheel, Irqa)
Announcement on the start of expropriation of areas within the districts of (Khozama, Nakheel, Irqah).
Announcement on the Start of Expropriation within (Alfaisaliyah) Districts in Diriyah area
DGDA would like to clarify that certain information being shared on social media platforms pertaining to the land acquisition initiative for land falling within the Diriyah project perimeter is incorrect and misrepresentative of the current status of the initiative. DGDA is following the government approved and endorsed plan in this regard and is working to ensure the best possible outcome for all residents affected by any of the Diriyah masterplans. Furthermore, DGDA is working to ensure that residents’ rights are maintained and that they are kept aware of the latest updates through direct communications. The DGDA team would like to emphasize the importance of ensuring that information regarding this matter is received from authorized and official sources to avoid confusion.

DGDA Announces the 3rd edition of its Diriyah Bayt Al Ardah Training Initiative

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has now opened registration for the third edition of its Diriyah Bayt Al Ardah Initiative 2023. Held in collaboration with the National Center for the Saudi Ardah, part of the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah). young Saudis will be trained in the nuances and intricacies of this traditional style of celebratory dance at the hands of the Kingdom’s best performers. 
The initiative welcomes Saudi youths aged 12 to 17, who wish to receive Saudi Ardah training, to apply for a place on one off our three-day educational training courses held in February, 2023.  At the end of each three-day course, five trainees will be shortlisted for a final assessment. The 20 finalists who pass the rigorous panel assessment covering the five core elements of Ardah (the Saudi flag, attire, sword, drums, and march), will be honored at a ceremony in March to mark the end of the initiative. The deadline for applications is January 10, 2023.
Held at the historic mansion of Prince Thunayyan bin Saud in the UNESCO World Heritage Site ofAt-Turaif, the initiative aims to strengthen this next generation’s connection to Diriyah’s culture and history. One of several community engagement programs offset up to preserve and protect Saudi heritage, DGDA’s Diriyah Bayt Al Ardah Initiative aims to further popularize the art form amongst young Saudis. Al Ardah is one of the Kingdom’s foremost performance traditions, and in 2015 was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.  Combining poetry with masterful sword displays, the Ardah dance epitomizes Saudi loyalty and pride. It is these values that the DGDA aims to instill in the hearts and minds of young Saudis nationwide. In DGDA’s first two iterations of the initiative, held in 2019 and 2021, over 200 participants received training in the art of Ardah. 26 of these youths were subsequently honored in a closing ceremony attended by several senior officials. Saudi Ardah remains a highly coveted skill among young Saudis thanks to its endearingly festive nature and uplifting poetic elements.
Link to sign up for the initiative