Wadi Al Disah Resort

Wadi Al Disah, Saudi Arabia / 2020

Located within Tabuk Region, Wadi Al Disah is roughly 100km from Tabuk City and International Airport. The site is strategically located midway between each of the new ‘giga projects’ and cities in the north-western part of Saudi Arabia. Wadi Al Disah is located in the Jabal Qaraqir Protected Area, a nominated UNESCO World Heritage Site considered as one of world’s most important places for plant diversity.

Wadi Al Disah’s uniqueness and unparalleled beauty positions this hospitality project as a one of its kind worldwide destination. It aims to create an exquisite sanctuary offering indulgent experiences. The destination is rich in culture and tradition. Visitors will have a wealth of opportunities to explore the history of the region and experience first-hand the fabled hospitality and fascinating culture of Saudi Arabia.

 

THE INVERTED THRONE:

The site of Wadi Al Disah contains hundreds of untold stories, layers and layers of ancient civilizations that inhabited and roamed around the Wadi for thousands of years. Many ancient kingdoms and civilizations, such as the Nabataean, have spread their influence to that area.

As our research of Wadi Al Disah is multi-faceted and investigates different aspects of the site, its nature, history and civilizations, the rationale behind the concept is also layered and responds to different factors of the site and its memory. The ‘Inverted Throne’ scheme responds to notions of history, myth and nature. A layered intervention that is ‘resting’ precisely between Wadi Al Disah mountains as an undiscovered legacy of an ancient civilization that once roamed the Disah landscapes.

The story suggests a suspended realm that touches the mountains and cascades down to create a tension with land and a sense of wonder and awe upon arrival. The Nabataean ‘Crowsteps Style’ and the geometry of the mountains guides the process of creating a suspended staggered geometry that rests between the mountains and defies the gravity giving the resort guests an opportunity to experience Wadi Al Disah from a new point of view, a raised perspective, a ‘High Place’.

As it cascades from the outside, the composition steps down at the heart of it as well creating a lush hidden oasis with a grand waterfall that starts at the very top and penetrates through the building to touch the ground. The grand waterfall, its sight, sound, and reverberation all build up a one of a kind arrival feeling and a sense of curiosity to continue the journey inside to unearth the secrets of this gem, and fulfill the wanderer’s quest of Wadi Al Disah.

 

A THOUSAND AND ONE OASES:

The captivating nature of Wadi Al Disah and the awe it leaves its visitors with, was a main driver behind the scheme of ‘One Thousand and One Oases’. However, the story goes deeper and investigates the different layers of this mesmerizing setting. Due to this unparalleled beauty, “Wadi Al Disah is one of the Seven Stunning Natural Wonders of the Middle East” and this sets it as a global destination. 

Inspired by the Tales of ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ of Arabia and the mysteries built around them, our tale begins. A tale to discover the lost One Thousand and One Oases. A lost kingdom of an ancient agricultural civilization that once lived in and roamed the Wadi. A civilization that represented the harmony of human and nature and flourished in the serenity of Wadi Al Disah, ‘The Valley of Palms’. The visitors to Wadi Al Disah will be on a quest to discover the lost Oases in an aim to re-live the days of the lost civilization. They will be on a quest to indulge in the beauty of the Wadi, its spring, water trails, plants and one of a kind wildlife.   

The One Thousand and One Oases is a stepping realm that climbs up the mountains with cascading pools and hanging gardens. The hanging gardens are pulled down to the ground intensifying the ecological system with dense palms among which a constellation of golden threads floats to guide the visitors through Disah nights. The natural ‘Terraced Oases’ and floating ‘Rooms in the Sky’ offer unmatched moments of complete seclusion and oneness with the enchanting nature of Wadi Al Disah.

 

design team

Ahmed Al-Ali, Farid Esmaeil, Mohammed Abu Farha, Yazeed Obeid, Jacky Tang, Khaled Abushahla, Arvin Padayo, Moeen Salam, Zeina Derwan

  • client

    Confidential

  • program

    Resort

  • built up area

    300 keys

  • scope‎

    Architecture

  • status

    Proposal

Wadi Al Disah Resort

Wadi Al Disah, Saudi Arabia / 2020

Located within Tabuk Region, Wadi Al Disah is roughly 100km from Tabuk City and International Airport. The site is strategically located midway between each of the new ‘giga projects’ and cities in the north-western part of Saudi Arabia. Wadi Al Disah is located in the Jabal Qaraqir Protected Area, a nominated UNESCO World Heritage Site considered as one of world’s most important places for plant diversity.

Wadi Al Disah’s uniqueness and unparalleled beauty positions this hospitality project as a one of its kind worldwide destination. It aims to create an exquisite sanctuary offering indulgent experiences. The destination is rich in culture and tradition. Visitors will have a wealth of opportunities to explore the history of the region and experience first-hand the fabled hospitality and fascinating culture of Saudi Arabia.

 

THE INVERTED THRONE:

The site of Wadi Al Disah contains hundreds of untold stories, layers and layers of ancient civilizations that inhabited and roamed around the Wadi for thousands of years. Many ancient kingdoms and civilizations, such as the Nabataean, have spread their influence to that area.

As our research of Wadi Al Disah is multi-faceted and investigates different aspects of the site, its nature, history and civilizations, the rationale behind the concept is also layered and responds to different factors of the site and its memory. The ‘Inverted Throne’ scheme responds to notions of history, myth and nature. A layered intervention that is ‘resting’ precisely between Wadi Al Disah mountains as an undiscovered legacy of an ancient civilization that once roamed the Disah landscapes.

The story suggests a suspended realm that touches the mountains and cascades down to create a tension with land and a sense of wonder and awe upon arrival. The Nabataean ‘Crowsteps Style’ and the geometry of the mountains guides the process of creating a suspended staggered geometry that rests between the mountains and defies the gravity giving the resort guests an opportunity to experience Wadi Al Disah from a new point of view, a raised perspective, a ‘High Place’.

As it cascades from the outside, the composition steps down at the heart of it as well creating a lush hidden oasis with a grand waterfall that starts at the very top and penetrates through the building to touch the ground. The grand waterfall, its sight, sound, and reverberation all build up a one of a kind arrival feeling and a sense of curiosity to continue the journey inside to unearth the secrets of this gem, and fulfill the wanderer’s quest of Wadi Al Disah.

 

A THOUSAND AND ONE OASES:

The captivating nature of Wadi Al Disah and the awe it leaves its visitors with, was a main driver behind the scheme of ‘One Thousand and One Oases’. However, the story goes deeper and investigates the different layers of this mesmerizing setting. Due to this unparalleled beauty, “Wadi Al Disah is one of the Seven Stunning Natural Wonders of the Middle East” and this sets it as a global destination. 

Inspired by the Tales of ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ of Arabia and the mysteries built around them, our tale begins. A tale to discover the lost One Thousand and One Oases. A lost kingdom of an ancient agricultural civilization that once lived in and roamed the Wadi. A civilization that represented the harmony of human and nature and flourished in the serenity of Wadi Al Disah, ‘The Valley of Palms’. The visitors to Wadi Al Disah will be on a quest to discover the lost Oases in an aim to re-live the days of the lost civilization. They will be on a quest to indulge in the beauty of the Wadi, its spring, water trails, plants and one of a kind wildlife.   

The One Thousand and One Oases is a stepping realm that climbs up the mountains with cascading pools and hanging gardens. The hanging gardens are pulled down to the ground intensifying the ecological system with dense palms among which a constellation of golden threads floats to guide the visitors through Disah nights. The natural ‘Terraced Oases’ and floating ‘Rooms in the Sky’ offer unmatched moments of complete seclusion and oneness with the enchanting nature of Wadi Al Disah.

 

design team

Ahmed Al-Ali, Farid Esmaeil, Mohammed Abu Farha, Yazeed Obeid, Jacky Tang, Khaled Abushahla, Arvin Padayo, Moeen Salam, Zeina Derwan

  • client

    Confidential

  • program

    Resort

  • built up area

    300 keys

  • scope‎

    Architecture

  • status

    Proposal