Red Sea Development Company unveils Desert Rock resort

Red Sea Development Company unveils Desert Rock resort

The property will be set within a wadi in western Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has revealed design plans for a new mountain resort.

Created by architectural design firm Oppenheim Architecture, Desert Rock is designed to protect and preserve the environment and allow guests to connect with nature and local culture.

TRSDC chief executive John Pagano said: “We wanted to create a destination that allows guests to experience Saudi Arabia’s untouched beauty. Desert Rock will provide guests with uninterrupted spectacular views while preserving the natural landscape for future generations to enjoy. We have drawn inspiration from the surrounding environment, while providing unparalleled luxury, allowing guests to connect with nature and create memorable experiences.”


Desert Rock will feature 48 villas and 12 hotel rooms with architecture fully integrated into the environment, a tribute to Oppenheim Architecture’s philosophy to build with the land, not on the land.

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 landscaping. This will also minimise sound and light pollution, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the desert landscape.

The resort will offer state-of-the-art facilities, including a spa and fitness centre, destination dining areas and a lagoon oasis.

The project will strive to maintain the ancient history of the site by hiring members of the local community to act as stewards of the land and provide educational tours for visitors. 

The site has been designed to reduce energy consumption and regenerate native flora, and materials excavated from the site will be used to create the infrastructure.

Oppenheim Architecture founder Chad Oppenheim said: “Desert Rock is one of the most dramatic desert landscapes in the world, which is why we wanted to use the architecture as a way to honour and respect it. By utilising natural materials and integrating the resort into the rock, guests can connect physically with the destination and experience Saudi Arabia’s stunning, natural beauty.”

Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites.

The destination will also include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment centres, leisure facilities and an international airport.

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