Four Seasons to open new hotel in historic area of Saudi Arabia

by | 31 Mar 2022 | Design

Four Seasons and Diriyah Gate Development Authority, developers of the Diriyah master plan, are working together on the creation of this new hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Diriyah, Saudi Arabia will provide a luxury hospitality experience at the 300-year-old Diriyah site located just outside of Riyadh.

A landmark development

On opening, Four Seasons Hotel Diriyah, Saudi Arabia will place guests within the forthcoming Diriyah development paying homage to the history of Saudi Arabia.

This development located 15 minutes from the centre of Riyadh will encompass 13 different districts featuring residences, hospitality, office space, retail, museums, cultural institutions and outdoor attractions. The development is a part of the Saudi Vision 2030 plans.

Commenting on the plans, Jerry Inzerillo, group CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority, said: “It is a delight to be partnering with Four Seasons.”

“Renowned for their unforgettable guest experiences, Four Seasons is working alongside DGDA to elevate what travellers can experience within Diriyah, showcasing their timeless approach to hospitality whilst staying true to Diriyah’s rich cultural past. We are excited to share further developments on this project in the coming months.”

Local inspiration

The new Four Seasons hotel will house around 150 rooms and suites, along with four restaurants including a poolside space and sunset lounge, wellness facilities including a spa and fitness centre, two outdoor pools and expansive event space.

This property will be positioned adjacent to Diriyah’s cultural district along the Wadi Hanifah escarpment. The hotel will reflect local tradition through its design, which is being led by Aedas and Elastik.

The Diriyah development aims to become one of the Middle East’s most walkable cities and the world’s largest cultural and heritage site, designed to honour the local heritage with traditional Najdi architecture featuring rooftop terraces, decorated doors and courtyards.

Believed to be the birthplace of the Kingdom, as well as capital of the first Saudi state, Diriyah is the setting for the UNESCO World Heritage site, At-Turaif, and the valley and palm groves of Wadi Hanifah.

“Diriyah is an exceptional project that speaks to the tremendous growth and economic development in the region, while remaining deeply rooted in the destination’s historic and cultural past,” said Bart Carnahan, president of global business development and portfolio management for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

“Saudi Arabia is an important growth market for Four Seasons, and we are proud to be part of Diriyah’s exciting future. We look forward to partnering with DGDA to bring the Four Seasons luxury experience to life within this iconic, landmark development.”

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