AlUla’s Aman resorts will be first of their kind in Mideast

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Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Farhan Al-Saud signs the agreement with Aman CEO Vladislav Doronin on Monday. (SPA)
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Updated 19 December 2019

AlUla’s Aman resorts will be first of their kind in Mideast

  • The new resorts hope to be an attractive destination for residents of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf region and the growing number of tourists from around the world

JEDDAH: The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has announced a partnership with renowned hotel and resort brand Aman.

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Culture Minister and RCU Gov. Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Farhan Al-Saud signed the agreement with Aman Chairman and CEO Vladislav Doronin on Monday. The partnership covers the development of the first three Aman resorts in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.
Prince Badr said that Aman’s decision to base its first Middle Eastern property in AlUla “shows the promise and progress of the vision for AlUla to become a worldwide destination for those seeking unique experiences. I believe this partnership will be the next step in the development of the yet-to-be-discovered masterpiece that is AlUla.”
Doronin was also enthused by the partnership. He 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 takes 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 RCU told Arab News about the new elements Aman is bringing into the Kingdom that differentiates it from other brands. It said: “Aman is an experiential brand capturing the imagination of the global travel cognoscenti. They have an innovative approach where the experience of guests takes center stage in places that are off the beaten track.
“Aman works in a way of making visitors ‘get under the skin’ of their destination and learn about it in a personal, authentic way that doesn’t feel staged.”
The new resorts hope to be an attractive destination for residents of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf region and the growing number of tourists from around the world.
“Our partnership with Aman will put the world on notice that we are open for business and help to encourage other global brands to partner with us,” the RCU said.
The first Aman property will be a spa resort with 30 luxury tents, situated within a serene and secluded mountain valley, close to many cultural and heritage areas in AlUla.
The second resort will be developed in an area that uncovers AlUla’s splendor and nature, strengthened with the hotel brand’s commitment to create an unparalleled experience to its guests in awe-inspiring locations.
Its third resort will explore a desert ranch with panoramic views of AlUla’s beautiful nature.
The design work on the three resorts is set to begin in the coming months, and they will welcome their first guests by 2023. 
The partnership falls in line with the RCU’s strategic plan to expand tourism in AlUla by welcoming top hotel operators, developers, investors and other business opportunities that will transform it into a destination for visitors from around the globe.

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Mohammed bin Talal Al-Nahhas, governor of the Saudi Public Pension Agency

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Mohammed bin Talal Al-Nahhas, governor of the Saudi Public Pension Agency

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Mohammed bin Talal Al-Nahhas has been the governor of the Public Pension Agency since Aug. 2016.

He played a vital role in establishing, developing and operating the largest network of Islamic banking branches in the Kingdom and the Middle East with a capital of SR15 billion ($4 billion), Alinma Bank.

He has worked as an executive director and banker, and has more than 32 years of experience in banking, business development and management.

Al-Nahhas obtained his bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences from King Saud University, Riyadh, in 1984, and completed an executive management program from the University of Michigan in 1998.

He took part in teaching banking science at the Institute of Public Administration between 1993 and 1995, and actively participated in establishing and developing compliance management and applying the corporate governance system in banks between 2003 and 2015. He also actively participated in the implementation of several administrative programs related to the management of human capital.

Al-Nahhas is a member of the board of directors in many institutions such as the General Organization for Social Insurance, the National Center for Privatization, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Saudi Telecom Company and ACWA Power among others.

On Friday Al-Nahhas thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for issuing a royal order extending his service as governor of the Public Pension Agency.

He expressed his pride in their trust, praising the great support and care the General Pension Agency received and the direct interest from the Kingdom’s leadership. He also said that the Public Pension Agency aspired to achieve the ambitious national plans set out in the Vision 2030 reform plan.