Sharaan Resort in AlUla is being carved into the mountain

The resort will be designed by French architect Jean Nouvel…

If you’re looking for a dreamy staycation in Saudi, it doesn’t get much better than AlUla if we’re being completely honest. What’s not to like? Zen resorts, stunning views and so much to do. Speaking of which, we’re gearing up for construction on yet another stunning resort. Sharaan Resort in AlUla is coming.

The construction of the Sharaan Resort in AlUla and the International Summit Centre is officially underway. With the inaugural rock excavation for the much-anticipated project happening this week.

The ambitious project will be built directly into the mountains of Sharaan Nature Reserve by Bouygues Construction, a French engineering group and Almabani, a leading Saudi engineering firm.

The resort is set to make for a memorable escape with 38 suites carved into sandstone mountains, a spa and wellness centre, a kids club, a sports centre, an all-day dining restaurant and a business centre. It will also feature a signature fine-dining restaurant which will sit atop the mountain with panoramic views of Sharaan.

The resort embodies tranquillity, luxury, and an immersive engagement with AlUla’s unparalleled beauty. There will also be the Sharaan International Summit Centre which will host events and leaders from around the world. It will include an auditorium, meeting rooms, a majlis (sitting room), a library, and a sports area.

The Royal Commission of AlUla is employing construction techniques that take the ancient Nabataean practice of creating spaces within rock, and then apply modern engineering methods to create habitable spaces that are more aligned to modern-day expectations.

Ben Hudson, Chief Development and Construction Officer at RCU, said: “The Sharaan Resort is our most ambitious project yet. This initial excavation is tangible evidence of our continued efforts to develop AlUla into a premier destination that harmonises luxury tourism with the preservation of unique cultural and natural heritage. Our work is fully guided by RCU’s environmental, social and health impact processes, and we are ensuring that all stakeholders appreciate the special location we are working in.”

The project also follows the AlUla Sustainability Charter, complete with efficient heating and cooling, and zero wastewater.

The resort seems like the perfect sustainable getaway. Sign us up.

For more information please visit: rcu.gov.sa

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