Everything you need to know about Sharaan by Jean Nouvel in AlUla

Everything you need to know about Sharaan by Jean Nouvel in AlUla



Here’s what to expect from the world’s first resort hidden within rocks.

AlUla has some magnificent hotels in the works, but one of the most intriguing is Sharaan by Jean Nouvel. The French architect Jean Nouvel is behind the world’s first resort hidden within rocks, which will be located in the Sharaan Nature Reserve.

Sharaan by Jean Nouvel draws its inspiration from its surroundings, from the Nabatean carvings to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra. He stated: “Our project is celebrating the Nabateans spirit without caricaturing it. This creation genuinely becomes a cultural act.”

So far, we know that the hotel will create a spatial and sensorial experience, which combines nature, architecture and art. Priding itself on the finer details, it aims to make every aspect, from a chopped stone to a granular of rock, a work of art.

Sharaan by Jean Nouvel

The site will include open public spaces, encouraging visitors to explore the history on their doorstep. Plus, the concept is committed to honouring the heritage and landscape, and plans to minimise the impact on nature. So, the designers have introduced abstraction, which involves sculpting the structure into rather than competing with the landscape. 

Jean explained: “AlUla is a museum. Every wadi and escarpment, every stretch of sand and rocky outline, every geological and archaeological site deserves the greatest consideration. It’s vital we keep all its distinctiveness and conserve its attractiveness, which largely rests on its remote and occasionally archaic character. We have to safeguard a little mystery as well as the promise of discoveries to come.”

Sharaan by Jean Nouvel

Unlike many of the other Saudi Arabia megaprojects, the site for the hotel on Sharaan Nature Reserve is nature-focused. Covering a rocky 925 square kilometres landscape, the project hopes to re-establish plants and wildlife in the area. Thanks to the recent work, Arabian wolves and red foxes have already been spotted on the land.

Sharaan by Jean Nouvel

Jean hails from Fumel, France. If his other designs are anything to go on, Sharaan by Jean Nouvel will be a stunning site. He is no stranger to the Middle East, as he is behind the architecture of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and The National Museum of Qatar in Doha.

Sharaan by Jean Nouvel is expected to be completed by 2024. We’re excited. 

GO: Visit https://www.rcu.gov.sa for more information.