Sharaan by Ateliers Jean Nouvel is a new concept for a resort built into the rocks of the Sharaan Nature Reserve in AlUla, inspired by Nabataean architecture and the spectacular limestone rock formations.
The Pritzker award-winning architect Jean Nouvel presented this radical approach to architecture and design, which seeks to integrate natural and cultural heritage in one living environment. Joined online from Paris he discussed his work in AlUla with Samantha Cotterell, Executive Director of Design, Royal Commission for AlUla.
Located 1,100 km from Riyadh, in North-West Saudi Arabia, AlUla is a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage. The vast area, covering 22,561km², includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years to when the Lihyan and Nabataean kingdoms reigned.
About The Royal Commission for AlUla
The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) was established by royal decree in July 2017 to protect and safeguard AlUla, a region of outstanding natural and cultural significance in North-West Saudi Arabia. RCU is embarking on a long-term plan to develop and deliver a sensitive, sustainable transformation of the region, reaffirming it as one of the country's most important archaeological and cultural destinations and preparing it to welcome visitors from around the world. RCU’s development work in AlUla encompasses a broad range of initiatives across archaeology, tourism, culture, education and the arts, reflecting the ambitious commitment to cultivate tourism and leisure in Saudi Arabia, outlined in Vision 2030.
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