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Architects hired to plan wellness, arts hubs in Saudi tourism mega project

Amaala, the ultra-luxury destination, has announced the appointment of HKS Architects for Triple Bay and The Coastal Development

Architects hired to plan wellness, arts hubs in Saudi tourism mega project

Set in the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nature Reserve, the two destinations are key components of Amaala which will be rolled out in three key phases, with completion slated ahead of the realisation of Saudi Vision 2030.

Amaala, the ultra-luxury destination being planned along Saudi Arabia’s north western coastline, has announced the appointment of HKS Architects as master planner for Triple Bay and The Coastal Development.

Set in the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nature Reserve, the two destinations are key components of Amaala which will be rolled out in three key phases, with completion slated ahead of the realisation of Saudi Vision 2030.

Amaala CEO, Nicholas Naples, said: “Amaala will be a globally recognised destination for arts and culture, as well as one of the most comprehensive, integrative health, wellness, and sports offerings in the world.

"In partnership with HKS Architects, we look forward to realising our vision for Triple Bay and The Coastal Development by redefining the best in travel through the creation of transformative personal journeys for the world’s most discerning travellers."

Triple Bay will offer a holistic wellness retreat, diagnostic medical facilities, and authentic treatments influenced by the local environment and traditional practices.

The community will be the first integrated sports and entertainment community with diagnostics, medical, and transformative wellness combined with learning in a family friendly environment.

With underwater experiences that will immerse guests directly into the natural domain of dolphins, turtles, and untouched coral reefs, Triple Bay is set to become one of the world’s finest diving destinations in the world.   

The Coastal Development is set to become a hub of contemporary arts in the Middle East, playing host to a programme of events from the global arts and cultural calendar.

It will feature an arts museum and cultural district dedicated to keeping ancient crafts alive, along with an amphitheatre for live performances.

This stretch of coastline aims to be a gathering place for a community of influencers and connoisseurs, complete with premium spa facilities, yoga, meditation, in addition to an equestrian centre equipped to offer rehabilitation, high-tech stabling, tournament-grade polo facilities, and instructors.  

Kevin Underwood, master planning and design principal of HKS Architects, said: “The developments at Triple Bay and The Coastal Development offer a once-in-a-career opportunity to shape a new tourism destination from the beginning and it’s a privilege to be involved... Sustainability in all aspects is at the heart of our design, seamlessly integrating landscape and buildings with the stunning mountain and marine landscape of the Red Sea."

Amaala previously awarded the design brief for its third component, The Island, to Denniston.

The Island will be the home of an exclusive art community, and an Arabic botanical garden complemented by a collection of sculptural pieces.

The Island will house masterpieces across four key design elements - a contemporary art museum and academy, a Riviera-lifestyle artists’ colony, immersive artistic experiences, and art and sculpture co-creation opportunities.

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