Marriott to open first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Middle East

Marriott to open first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Middle East

Nujuma is slated to open in 2023 and will join the hospitality offering at The Red Sea Project

Marriott International has signed an agreement with The Red Sea Development Company to debut its Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand off the west coast of Saudi Arabia. 

Nujuma will be the brand’s first property in the Middle East and will join a portfolio which currently numbers five Ritz-Carlton Reserves worldwide.

Situated on a set of private islands which are part of the Red Sea’s Blue Hole cluster, Nujuma will be designed to blend in with the environment. The resort is expected to feature 63 one to four-bedroom water and beach villas as well as a spa, swimming pools, multiple dining destinations, a retail area and a variety of other leisure and entertainment offerings including a Conservation Centre.

The property will also be home to 18 Ritz-Carlton Reserve branded residences.


The Red Sea Project is a regenerative tourism project desiged to offer a “sustainable barefoot luxury experience”. The development features an archipelago of more than 90 natural islands, as well as dormant volcanoes, desert dunes, mountains and wadis, and more than 1,600 cultural heritage sites.

Current Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties are located in Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

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