lead contractor appointed for Samhan Heritage Hotel
United Engineering Construction (UNEC) has been appointed by Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) to lead construction on the Samhan Heritage Hotel site, located in the city of Diriyah in Riyadh province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The luxury Samhan Heritage Hotel is the first of several luxury hotels in the recently announced Diriyah development, a seven square kilometre cultural and lifestyle tourism destination which is an integral part of the delivery of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. Diriyah will become the Kingdom’s historic and cultural heart, proudly showcasing to the world Saudi Arabia’s 300+ years of history through an engaging and inspiring set of heritage, hospitality, educational, cultural, retail and dining experiences for residents, tourists and day visitors. It will be home to more than 20 luxury hospitality venues offering authentic experiences that reflect the rich history and vibrant culture of Diriyah and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Samhan Heritage Hotel is nestled amongst the natural beauty of Samhan district and Wadi Hanifah, only minutes from the At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage site. Guests will enjoy the traditional Najdi hospitality experience whilst enjoying a sense of past meeting present. The original footpaths of Diriyah’s kings and heroes are recreated within the hotel grounds, connecting the unique Najdi-style courtyard rooms. Guests will be able to experience elements of the Kingdom’s rich past as they walk around the hotel’s passages and courtyards.
DGDA’s CEO Jerry Inzerillo said: “We are pleased to announce the appointed contractor of the first hotel in Diriyah with non-other than our leading partner UNEC. The commencement of construction on Samhan Heritage Hotel, the first luxury hospitality product to be developed within Diriyah, is a huge first and exciting step. The standard will be set at the highest level of quality and attention to detail, befitting of a world class, luxury hotel. We look forward to welcoming guests in 2022.”
Samir Ashour, General Manager of UNEC said, “Samhan Heritage Hotel will be an embodiment of history and culture coming together in a luxurious five-star hotel setting, with top hospitality services being offered to its clientele. United Engineering Construction (UNEC) is proud to be part of the construction of the 141-room hotel that will include unique restoration and rebuilding of the existing mud structure to maintain the original historical look and impression of the area. Sustainability and energy efficient systems are going to be essential components of the project.”
Samhan Heritage Hotel will welcome guests across 141 guest rooms and suites, beautifully appointed in a Najdi style, featuring traditional interiors. Samhan Heritage Hotel will take its guests back in time to celebrate the beauty and serenity of Najdi architecture and interiors; with traditional timber ceilings, adobe material finishes, and the use of traditional Najdi patterns reflected in the walls, windows, doors, and fabric patterns.
Guests will be able to savour local delicacies in one of three restaurants and lounges; retreat, unwind and relax at the serene and luxurious spa and indoor pool; and enjoy events and meetings in the ballroom and multiple meeting rooms featuring rooftop terraces overlooking Diriyah and the Samhan District.
DGDA’s Chief Design & Development Officer Jonathan Timms said, “The appointment of UNEC and the launch of construction on the Samhan Heritage Hotel exemplifies the team’s commitment to delivering the highest quality of building standards. The Najdi inspired architecture coupled with the hotel’s world class amenities will result in a first rate offering in the international hospitality world.