Diriyah Gate


  • Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA)
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 2020 - 2022

Diriyah is a profoundly significant site for the history and identity of Saudi Arabia. DGDA is working to transform Diriyah into one of the Kingdom’s most prominent destinations for culture and tourism. Diriyah Gate, which includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of At-Turaif, will become a landmark celebrating both the history, culture and traditions of Saudi Arabia and its vibrant future.

Barker Langham is working across the cultural offer of Diriyah Gate in a variety of ways to create rich, creative and sustainable experiences that share stories of the past, celebrate the people and the place, and instill a sense of pride in visitors from Saudi Arabia and awe in those from around the world.

We are undertaking interpretive planning, research and content development for several museums and visitor centres, as well as working closely with the client team on strategic planning for content across Diriyah Gate. In the last two years, we have delivered site-wide strategies for integrating tangible and intangible heritage elements, public artworks and narrative trails throughout the visitor experience, as well as conducting feasibility studies and providing operational recommendations for assets around the site. We are also advising on a number of strategic project-wide initiatives including an oral history programme and collections management.