Ritz-Carlton Reserve to Make Brand Debut in the Middle East

Marriott International, Inc. has signed an agreement with The Red Sea Development Company to debut its Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand off the west coast of Saudi Arabia. Scheduled to open in 2023, Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, will be the first property from the brand in the Middle East and joins a collection of only five Ritz-Carlton Reserves worldwide.

Nujuma will be situated on a set of private islands, which are part of the Red Sea’s Blue Hole cluster of islands. The resort will have 63 one- to four-bedroom water and beach villas, in addition to a spa, swimming pools, multiple dining venues, a retail area, a conservation center and a range of leisure and entertainment offerings. The destination will also include 18 Ritz-Carlton Reserve branded residences.

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

The Red Sea Project covers over 10,810 miles on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, of which less than one percent will be developed. The development includes an archipelago of more than 90 islands, besides dormant volcanoes, desert dunes, mountains and wadis, and over 1,600 cultural heritage sites. It will include hotels, residential properties, leisure, commercial and entertainment amenities, along with infrastructure that emphasizes renewable energy and water conservation and re-use, besides a circular waste management system to achieve zero waste to landfill.

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