Thursday, July 22, 2010 , Posted by HB at 11:10 PM






SAUDI ARABIA: In celebration of its tenth anniversary, Saudi Arabia’s Al Faisaliah, a Rosewood Hotel, will unveil its new south wing this summer. The extension will include 106 rooms and suites, an Italian dining venue and a ladies-only spa.

Designed by HRH Princess Al Anoud Bint Khaled Al Saud, owner and founder of Al Dar Designs, the new wing will bring a fresh new feel to the hotel, with vibrant colours and touches of Arabian and Islamic culture recurring throughout. The design will maintain a sensory connection to the ‘dune’ theme of the original hotel and will be modern, elegant and cutting-edge, setting it apart from Saudi Arabia’s other hotels, Princess Al Anoud explained.


“Many hotels you see in Saudi are elegant but very traditional in design. Al Faisaliah Hotel has been the pinnacle of elegant design but with this wing we wanted to bring international hotel design to the kingdom. It will stand out for its unique infusion of Arabian culture into the central theme. This was a very important element for us” she maintained.

‘We’ve chosen to go with art deco classic and use Royal Ottoman Iznic patterns and Arabic calligraphy as a key element of the Arabian and Islamic art throughout the wing. We’re also using four to fi ve vibrant colours that, when integrated, give it a very fresh feeling.”


Al Faisaliah, a Rosewood Hotel, is located in Riyadh’s Olaya district. Dubbed as one of Riyadh’s most luxurious properties, the hotel features the largest columnfree banquet, conference and meeting facilities in the country. With the introduction of 24-hour butler service, the hotel has also established itself as a leading provider of personalised service.

“We at Al Faisaliah, a Rosewood Hotel, strive to always offer our guests the very fi nest in luxury surroundings and service that is second-to-none,” commented Peter Finamore, managing director of Al Faisaliah.



“Approaching our 10th anniversary, we want to ensure that this expansion to our offering delivers a standard of design and comfort not seen before in Saudi Arabia.

“We’re very glad to be able to work so closely with HRH Princess Al Anoud in order to deliver a new product to the market which embodies the very best of international design, infused with a new interpretation of Arabian culture and tradition,” he continued.



The new wing will signifi cantly bolster the hotels’ room offering, Finamore pointed out. “The new rooms and suites will be by far the largest hotel units in the kingdom. We are also introducing the kingdom’s fi rst ever concept spa suite,” he said.

“The Oasis Suite will have dedicated in-room spa facilities and has been specially designed with the discerning guest in mind.” The new wing will bring the total room count at the luxury hotel up to 330 units, and will boost its food and beverage offering to a total of fi ve restaurants.

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