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Saudi Arabia’s RCU reveals plans for AZULIK AlUla, an eco-luxury resort set for 2027

To stimulate the economic growth of the region, the eco-luxury resort will exclusively procure all materials from within Saudi Arabia, supporting local industries and promoting sustainable development.

Saudi Arabia’s RCU reveals plans for AZULIK AlUla, an eco-luxury resort set for 2027
[Source photo: Royal Commission for Alula/LinkedIn | Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

As part of its master plan, Journey Through Time (JTT), for sustainable development in the city, the Royal Commission for AlUla has announced its plans for a new eco-resort. The plan aligns with the Sustainability Charter for AlUla of the Saudi Green Initiative and Vision 2030.

The upcoming AZULIK AlUla Resort, an eco-luxury retreat, will be situated in the Nabatean Horizon District and is anticipated to open in 2027. With a total of 76 luxurious villas, the resort will offer an array of amenities, including a spa, a VIP club, all-day dining options, and a notable SFER IK museum.

John Northen, RCU vice president of Hotels and Resorts, said, “AZULIK AlUla is centered on the concept of sustainability and connection with the natural and human heritage surrounding this magnificent property.”

To create an immersive natural experience, the resort will take inspiration from the surrounding natural ecosystem and the breathtaking sandstone cliffs of the district. The exterior design will incorporate natural materials and fibers. Emphasizing regional economic growth, all materials utilized in the resort will be sourced from AlUla and other parts of the kingdom, fostering local sustainability and supporting the broader community.

In addition, the project aims to preserve and incorporate the nearby historical rock art inscriptions while using the natural network of existing watercourses to facilitate irrigation and offer protection against floods.

Embracing the enchanting natural surroundings of the district, the resort will be nestled amidst the captivating beauty of the canyons near the AlMutadil Equestrian Village and the ancient valley of Wadi AlFann. As part of their vision, the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCA) also intends to transform AlFann into a prominent attraction, featuring remarkable large-scale artworks integrated into the landscape in the forthcoming years.

As part of its commitment to reducing emissions, the property will implement an all-electric mobility system, prohibiting the entry of private vehicles. To enhance the immersive experience, the resort will offer horse and camel routes for navigation, allowing guests to embrace the traditional modes of transportation. Additionally, hiking opportunities will be available for guests to explore the picturesque surroundings.

Designed by Roth Architecture, the resort is anticipated to generate over 300 job opportunities, contributing to local employment and fostering economic growth in the region.

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