Recognized around the world for his stunning creations, the architect chose the cliffs of the Al-Ula desert to set up his new hotel project.
The famous architect, at the origin of exceptional places such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi or that of the Philharmonie de Paris, has just unveiled the outlines of his next very daring project, the Sharaan. Located in the heart of the Al-Ula desert, this new complex aims primarily to boost tourism in this region with a rich historical and cultural heritage.
Drawing inspiration from the nearby Nabataean wonders of Hegra (the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia), the architect wants above all to preserve the natural beauty of the place. 220 kilometres from the city of Medina, the complex will include forty rooms and three villas as well as 14 private pavilions, all carved from the cliffs. Each residence will offer a balcony to admire the vastness of the Al-Uda desert and to get lost in thought.
This region, recognized by UNESCO, is also the one where the first traces of life - 200,000 years ago - were found. Developed by the Royal Commission of Inquiry for Al-Ula (RCU), the complex will then respect an extremely strict specifications so as not to degrade the historical footprint of the place, while allowing as many people as possible to discover its beauties.
While waiting for more information, discover more in pictures the first projections of the future Sharaan by Jean Nouvel through the photo gallery below.