Marriott has signed an agreement with Diriyah Gate Development Authority to open two luxury hotels as part of the Diriyah Project in Saudi Arabia.

The Ritz-Carlton and The Luxury Collection properties will be located around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of At-Turaif.

Slated to open in 2025, The Ritz-Carlton, Diriyah, Riyadh will feature 195 rooms and suites, a specialty restaurant, an all-day dining venue, meeting rooms, an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Ritz Kids, the brand’s signature kids’ club and programming are part of the vision, as are a signature spa and immersive guest programmes.

The Luxury Collection in Diriyah, Riyadh, situated in the Samhan district, will open this year, offering 141 rooms, including 27 suites. Two signature restaurants, an all-day-dining restaurant, a coffee and juice bar, fitness centre, pool and spa, plus meeting and event facilities, are all planned.

Diriyah is set to become Saudi Arabia’s foremost historic cultural destination. The new hub will see 11 square kilometres of the historic town of Diriyah, known as ‘the Jewel of the Kingdom’, transformed into a global tourism destination.

It will be home to cultural institutions and museums, galleries, local and international restaurants, luxury retail experiences, public squares, hotels, multiple recreational spaces, residences, educational institutions and offices.