Al-Koot Hotel: Saudi establishment transports guests to the Eastern Province’s cultural past

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Being the first heritage hotel in the Middle East, its significant location and design have won the approval by many guests. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Updated 28 December 2019

Al-Koot Hotel: Saudi establishment transports guests to the Eastern Province’s cultural past

  • The area houses Al-Ahsa Oasis, with 2.5 million palm trees that date back to the fifth century — considered to be the largest palm oasis in the world

JEDDAH: Al-Koot Heritage Hotel takes visitors on a walk through the history of the Eastern Province, where houses are made of mud walls and wooden ceilings, with handmade sadu pattern woven rugs strewn about the floors.
With a picturesque landscape, Al-Koot’s interior is decked in a heavy traditional feel that is nothing short of elegant sophistication. From its use of materials mimicking the region’s old houses with antique furniture and wall decorations, the boutique hotel captures the secluded mystique of the Eastern Province.
Known for its ancient history, heritage and arts, the area houses Al-Ahsa Oasis, with 2.5 million palm trees that date back to the fifth century — considered to be the largest palm oasis in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Al-Ahsa was chosen as the Middle East Capital of Tourism this year by the Arab Tourism Organization.
Omar Abdul Aziz Al-Asfour, general manager of the hotel, told Arab News that he seeks to promote Al-Ahsa and its heritage.
“It (the hotel) is an architectural masterpiece within walking distance of Ibrahim Historical Palace, which dates back to 1571, and adjacent to Al-Fateh Heritage Mosque. It is 500 meters from Al-Qasariyah Market, where one can find traditional handicrafts and products. Another famous market is Al-Fawaris,” he said.

BACKGROUND

The hotel was opened by EP Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Salman, the then president of the SCTH.

Owned by Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Abdulqadir, it is the first heritage hotel in the Middle East. The hotel’s significant location and design have won the  approval by many guests, and it was opened by Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Salman, the then president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH). A number of ambassadors, businessmen and women also attended the ceremony.
The hotel’s design gives a homey feel to it for visitors and guests. Surrounded by the oasis, visitors are able to disconnect and unwind while enjoying local markets nearby and tourist attractions. It has seven wood-ceilinged rooms, corridors with balconies and a lobby with a glass ceiling to allow in light.


Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

Updated 05 April 2020

Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

  • OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut

DUBAI: Saudi Aramco will delay the release of its crude official selling prices (OSP) for May until April 10 to wait for the outcome of a meeting between OPEC and its allies regarding possible output cuts, a senior Saudi source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
"It is an unprecedented measure that has not been taken by Aramco before. May OSPs will depend on how the OPEC+ meeting concludes. We are doing what we can to make it successful, including taking this extraordinary step to delay the OSPs," the Saudi source said.
Saudi Aramco typically issues its OSPs by the 5th of each month, setting the trend for Iranian, Kuwaiti and Iraqi prices and affecting more than 12 million barrels of oil per day bound for Asia.
OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut to end a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia which has prompted US President Donald Trump to intervene.
The Saudi source said that Riyadh wants to avoid a repeat of the outcome of a March meeting where oil talks collapsed between OPEC and allies "due to Russia's lack of cooperation with the rest of OPEC+ participants".
Coordinated cuts between OPEC members and others led by Russia expired on March 31 having helped support crude prices since they began in January 2017.
The OPEC+ meeting was initially due for Monday, but was postponed to April 9 "to allow for more time to reach out to all producers including OPEC+ and others," the Saudi source said.