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Denniston designer is master planner for Saudi Arabia’s Amaala Island

Denniston’s French-Belgian architect Jean Michel Gathy will be master planner for Ultra Luxe Amaala Island, located along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coastline – marking it as the Riviera of the Middle East.

According to Jean-Michel Gathy, “The Island development will be an immersive and interactive art-inspired jewel. Its lifestyle components, its landscaping, the museums, and art installations together with the art community will transform this island into the ‘Diamond of the Red Sea’. It will feature many different venues for permanent installations or temporary exhibitions and artistic performances.”

“The graphic layout of its spine will be distinctive from the air and will be recognised internationally as an iconic landmark. The project features all elements programmed and reflects the areas, numbers and facilities.”

Nicholas Naples, CEO of AMAALA, said: “AMAALA carves a unique positioning within the global hospitality portfolio, catering to select travellers looking for innovative experiential escapes. Our ambition is to create personalised experiences, catering to the individual needs of each guest.”

“Entrenched in the philosophies of art, wellness and inspired by the purity of the Red Sea, we are excited to be working alongside Jean-Michel Gathy and Denniston to bring to life our vision for The Island. It is here where our guests will embark on a transformational journey and feed the soul through arts and cultural offerings, with opportunities for philanthropic art co-creation.”

A tranquil home of an exclusive art community, with an Arabic botanical garden

The Island will house masterpieces across four important design elements: a contemporary art museum and academy, a Riviera-lifestyle artists’ colony, immersive artistic experiences and art and sculpture co-creation opportunities.

The active community of The Island will be anchored by an artists' village of working studios, artisanal shops, galleries, plus exhibition and performance facilities hosting a year-round calendar of immersive and transformative works, representing the pillar of arts and culture.

Fully aligned with Saudi Arabia’s ambitions for the future, the development of AMAALA is being rolled out across three key phases, with completion of the destination aimed for ahead of the realisation of Saudi Vision 2030.

AMAALA’s trio of communities – Triple Bay, Coastal Development and The Island – will represent three different sets of experiences for visitors:

Triple Bay: This will offer a fully holistic wellness retreat, state-of-the-art diagnostic medical facilities and authentic treatments designed to feature the local environment. Triple Bay will also be home to a fully integrated sports and entertainment community.

Coastal Development: This is set to become the defining hub of contemporary art in the Middle East, playing host to a dynamic programme of exciting events from the global arts and cultural calendar.

The Island: This will be the tranquil home of an exclusive art community, and an Arabic botanical garden complemented by a collection of sculptural pieces. The unique heritage and unspoiled landscape of AMAALA will allow travellers to immerse themselves in the finest wellness, art, culture, sports and fitness offerings. With close proximity to major destinations in the region, including Riyadh, Dubai and Istanbul, AMAALA will become the heart of The Riviera of the Middle East.

 


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