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Hotel inside sandstone cliffs – Saudi Arabia

by Victoria

At Sharaan by Jean Nouvel resort, you will spend the night in the sandstone cliffs of a thousand years in the middle of the Saudi Arabia’s AlUla desert

Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, this hotel and resort project was inspired by the ancient construction techniques of the Nabateans about 2,000 years ago. Their famous works that still exist today can be mentioned in the ancient city of Petra, one of the 7 wonders of the modern world built on the red and pink cliffs in Jordan.

Located in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, the Sharaan by Jean Nouvel resort is no different from a normal sandstone block from a distance.

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However, when the day turns night, the hotel will be illuminated by the internal lights. “When you walk around, you will be attracted to stone structures. They are works of art. To me, building here is a real responsibility,” says Nouvel.

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Designing a glass-cage elevator takes visitors through the center of the hotel. An outdoor restaurant will be built on top of the hotel at an altitude of nearly 80 meters. The architecture of the project promises to operate in a sustainable manner and use zero emissions.

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The building also designs a large inner courtyard, providing light and views for the hallways and rooms. New Zealand calls this future resort space “metaphysical” and “poetic”.

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“This project is carried out based on respect for the country’s historical and cultural origins,” said the Royal AlUla Commission. Natural light illuminates the hotel through natural patterns on the rock and modern designs.

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Inside, the resort will have 40 luxury living suites, 3 villas, a swimming pool and restaurant and other amenities. Guest bedrooms feature natural stone-inspired décor and landscaped balconies. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2024. This is part of a 10-year agreement between France and Saudi Arabia signed in 2018 to develop AlUla as a cultural tourism destination.

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