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When complete Desert Rock will offer 50 resorts

Desert Rock Saudi Arabia Opening: 2022 An extensive collection of resorts featuring a world-class spa and fitness centre, dining areas and a feature lagoon oasis is underway in Saudi Arabia. Desert Rock is the brainchild of The Red Sea Development Company, working with Oppenheim Architecture. Guests will enter through a hidden valley nestled between the mountains. Villas and hotel rooms will be situated within the mountain, including crevice hotel suites midway up the mountain, and a select number of excavated rooms within the rock massif itself.

To provide undisrupted views across the landscape, most roads leading into the resort will be pushed to the edge of the main wadi and hidden behind landscape mounds. This will also minimise sound and light pollution, and allow guests to absorb the dramatic desert landscape. Visitors will be able to hike, use dune buggies, and stargaze as part of the site-wide activities programme. It is exected that phase one, which will include 16 hotels, will be complete by 2023. Final completion is slated for 2030, and the destination will be extensive, comprising 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. ■■

Visitors to Desert Rock will enjoy stunning views and activities like dune buggies

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