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Luxury hotel group Aman is set to open a trio of eco-conscious hotels in Saudi Arabia – making the chain's debut in the Middle East.

Each of the three will be located in the Al-‘Ula region, which is home to cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years, including Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra.

The individual sites are due to open by 2023, with architect Jean Nouvel - the man behind Abu Dhabi's Louvre museum - designing the hotel located in Sharaan to be "rooted in the history of the land".

 

 

The hotels are set to have very different atmospheres with one a spa destination set in a mountainous valley, which will feature a tented campsite, designed to allow visitors to feel “at one with nature”. Another will be a “ranch-style resort nestled in an otherworldly setting”, while the third is due to feature opulent accommodation close to the area’s heritage attractions.

Also known as Mada'in Salih, Hegra is an ancient city and archaeological site with remains dating from the Nabatean Kingdom of 2,200 years ago. It also houses remnants of ancient Roman and Lihyan reign.

Still standing are more than 100 well-preserved tombs with elaborate façades cut from the sandstone outcrops surrounding the walled city.

Aman’s CEO and chairman Vladislav Doronin, who oversees the company’s 34-strong estate in 21 countries, said he was confident the new locations would be of architectural merit. Meanwhile the company was “committed to preserving this archaeological wonder with our resorts that will blend into the dramatic surroundings”.

“Many of our existing Aman destinations are located in areas of outstanding natural beauty and rich history,” Doronin said in a statement.

“With the addition of spectacular Al-‘Ula, this take us to 10 properties situated near or in UNESCO Heritage Sites, making it a fitting location for our first destination in the Middle East.” Read more...

Source: Euro News

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