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Nujuma, The First Ritz Carlton Reserve in the Middle East, Set to Premiere in Saudi Arabia

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Nujuma, The First Ritz Carlton Reserve in the Middle East, Set to Premiere in Saudi Arabia

Marriott International, Inc. stated on May 23, 2022 that it has inked a contract with The Red Sea Development Company to introduce its prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand off the western coast of Saudi Arabia.

Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is scheduled to open in 2023 and is predicted to be a part of the highly anticipated Red Sea destination, offering a highly individualised leisure experience that mixes intuitive and emotional service with magnificent natural beauty and indigenous design. Nujuma will be the first Ritz-Carlton property in the Middle East and will be one of only five Ritz-Carlton Reserves globally.

Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

"We are delighted to introduce our most opulent brand, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and its unparalleled service to the Middle East. The resort, ideally located on one of the most awaited regenerative tourism projects, will combine solitude and elegance to provide a highly customised luxury retreat "Marriott International's Chief Development Officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Jerome Briet, said.

Nujuma will be located on a collection of private islands that form part of the Red Sea's Blue Hole island cluster. The resort is anticipated to have 63 water and beach villas with one to four bedrooms, all of which will be intended to fit in with the environment and be surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty. Plans also feature a number of exquisite facilities and great services, such as a sumptuous spa, swimming pools, several dining venues, a shopping area, and an assortment of leisure and entertainment options, including a Conservation Center.

Ritz-Carlton Reserve provides a total escape to the unexpected: a private and transformational vacation experience that is oriented on human connection and integrates distinctive aspects of the local culture, tradition, and environment. Reserve facilities are nestled away in chosen corners of the globe, delivering stylish, relaxing, and intimate settings that blend native tastes with highly responsive and customised service for the most discriminating guests seeking a unique and exquisite retreat. The current locations of Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties include Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

The resort will also have 18 Ritz-Carlton Reserve homes, providing owners with a unique living experience.

John Pagano, chief executive officer of The Red Sea Development Company, said, "I am thrilled to add Ritz-Carlton Reserve to our premium portfolio of brands for The Red Sea." "Ritz-Carlton Reserve locations are associated for offering one-of-a-kind luxury experiences and customising meaningful getaways, anchored by a dedication to sustainable principles. This world-class brand is certain to delight and attract future visitors as we near the inauguration of our first resorts early next year."

The Red Sea Project is an enormous tourist regeneration project encompassing 28,000 square kilometres on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, of which fewer than 1% will be built. The location is planned to provide a new form of barefoot luxury experience and is being created according to the strictest environmental requirements. The development includes an archipelago of more than 90 pristine natural islands, dormant volcanoes, sand dunes, mountains, and wadis, as well as more than 1,600 cultural heritage sites.

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and manages over 8,000 hotels under 30 prominent brands in 139 countries and territories. Globally, Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licences vacation ownership properties. The corporation provides its prestigious travel programme, Marriott Bonvoy®.

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About The Red Sea Development Corporation

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC - is a closed joint-stock corporation completely controlled by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF). TRSDC was founded to lead the development of The Red Sea Project, a premium, regenerative tourist destination that would set new benchmarks in sustainable development and place Saudi Arabia at the forefront of the global tourism industry.

The project encompasses 28,000 km2 of pristine land and ocean along the western coast of Saudi Arabia, as well as a huge archipelago of more than 90 unspoiled islands. In addition to vast desert dunes, mountain canyons, dormant volcanoes, and cultural and historical monuments, the location boasts expansive desert dunes. It is intended to contain hotels, residential buildings, recreational, business, and entertainment facilities, as well as supporting infrastructure that focuses on renewable energy and water conservation and re-use, as well as a circular waste management system that achieves zero waste to landfill.

The first phase of development is well underway and on schedule for completion by the end of 2023. The project has reached important milestones, with over 800 contracts worth over SAR 20 billion ($5.3 billion) inked to far.

The 100-hectare Landscape Nursery, which will provide The Red Sea Project and AMAALA with more than 25 million plants, is now fully operational. There are presently over 15,000 employees on-site, and 80 kilometres of new roads are already complete. The Construction Village and Waste Management Centre are both completely functioning, and construction is continuing well at the Coastal Village, which will ultimately house 14,000 people who will work at the destination.

Source: Marriott International, Inc.


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