Aman to open first resorts in the Middle East
Aman will debut in Saudi Arabia in 2023 near AlUla, an area home to some of the country’s most historical sites, likened to those of Petra in Jordan for their beauty and significance.
Aman has announced plans to develop three resorts in North West Saudi Arabia – heralding the brand’s debut in the Middle East – which will include a tented camp, a resort close to AlUla’s heritage areas and a ranch-style property in the desert.
The vast area of AlUla covers 22,561 square kilometres and includes an oasis valley, sandstone mountains and cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years to when the Lihyan and Nabataean kingdoms reigned. The most well-known and recognised site is Hegra, the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 52-hectare ancient city, Hegra was the principal southern city of the Nabataean Kingdom and comprises more than 100 well-preserved tombs with elaborate façades cut from the outcrops surrounding the walled urban settlement dating back to the second century BC.
Chairman and CEO of Aman, Mr Vladislav Doronin, said, “Many of our existing Aman destinations are located in areas of outstanding natural beauty and rich history. With the addition of spectacular AlUla, 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.”
The Aman resorts are being created in partnership with the Royal Commission for AlUla, created around two years ago by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman. He has authorised a plan to take charge of the Mada’in Saleh region and open it up to sustainable tourism.
Further future openings for the group include Aman Kyoto (2019), Aman New York (2020) and Amanvari in Mexico (2020).