(Hong Kong, December 4, 2022) Langham Hospitality Group continues its strategic global expansion with a new management agreement for The Langham in Diriyah, located 15 minutes from downtown Riyadh in Saudi Arabia with the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA).
The Langham, Diriyah, opening in 2026, will be an integral part of the development which is set to protect, preserve, and pay tribute to the rich cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia. Diriyah, the birthplace of the Kingdom, aims to become the world’s largest cultural destination, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The Langham, Diriyah, Riyadh and the surrounding pedestrian-centric city, will become a modern tribute to the past, celebrating traditional Nadji Architecture and preserving the natural elements of Diriyah.
“Langham Hospitality Group is delighted to be partnering with the Diriyah Gate Development Authority to bring The Langham to Saudi Arabia’s foremost historic cultural and lifestyle destination,” said Brett Butcher, Chief Executive Officer, Langham Hospitality Group. “For our first foray into the Kingdom, we’re delighted to be part of a vision where The Langham’s proud traditions in hospitality will become integral to a 21st century vision that positions Riyadh on the global stage as an authentic and unique destination.
“The year 2026 will be a momentous year in Langham Hospitality Group’s strategic growth plans as we officially open in two landmark locations with The Langham, Venice on the European continent and in the Middle East with The Langham, Diriyah,” he added.
The Langham, Diriyah is located on Diriyah’s main boulevard, which will be home to the world’s leading luxury retailers. The enviable central location places guests close to many of the central landmarks and icons planned for Diriyah. It is also within five minutes’ drive of At-Turaif, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Kingdom’s most important cultural landmark, and on the doorstep of the magnificent Wadi Safar with its eco-tourism experiences.
With 200 luxurious rooms and suites, The Langham, Diriyah will captivate the senses as it brings its legendary heritage and timeless traditions to life in Diriyah. Guests will be able to enjoy the intimate Langham Club Lounge and experience an art gallery experience thoughtfully curated throughout the hotel.
New Dining Traditions
The Langham, Diriyah will add two exciting new dining options complementing the planned luxury destination dining district of Bujairi Terrace, including the first Middle Eastern outpost of the three-Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant, T’ang Court.
The Langham’s signature afternoon tea will also be offered as an homage to the first afternoon tea served in a grand hotel when The Langham opened in London in 1865. New tea traditions will be created, as Middle Eastern tea and coffee culture are honoured, amidst fine patisserie and brunch fare.
The first international outpost of The Langham, London’s cooking school, Sauce, will also make its debut, offering an immersive luxury experience for culinary enthusiasts.
Chuan Spa Debut
The Langham Chuan Spa, a holistic wellness concept which embraces the healing philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), offers a rejuvenating retreat after a day of exploring Diriyah’s cultural landmarks and colourful souks. Guests will also be able to cool off and relax at the men’s or ladies’ pool decks. The Langham, Diriyah will be a premier destination for men's grooming. It will offer a comprehensive variety of services.
A World of Celebration
The stunning backdrop of Diriyah along the central boulevard sets the scene for the city’s most intimate and exclusive social events and weddings amid stunning terraces and event spaces with natural light.
Diriyah, affectionately known as Jewel of The Kingdom by its citizens, is located in the affluent north-western part of the city and is located just 25 minutes’ drive from King Khalid International Airport and 10 minutes from the city’s financial district.
Mr. Jerry Inzerillo, Group Chief Executive Officer, Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), said, “Diriyah, the birthplace of the Kingdom, is set to become Saudi Arabia’s foremost historical, cultural and lifestyle destination. As part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, We are very excited to bring the The Langham Brand to Diriyah in collaboration with Langham Hospitality Group. The Langham group claims a rich history dating back to 1865 and we look forward to working with them to bring Diriyah’s rich heritage to life for our visitors and helping them build great memories together.”
The 300-year-old site of Diriyah is located within Riyadh province, just 15 minutes north-west of downtown Riyadh. It is recognised as the symbolic centre of inspiration for the generations of leaders that have led the Kingdom since the foundation of the First Saudi State in 1727. The acclaimed Diriyah project, which is a part of the Saudi Vision 2030, will pay ode to Saudi Arabia’s rich history, while catering to leisure and business travelers from across the globe.
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About Langham Hospitality Group
As the wholly owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hotels under The Langham Hotels and Resorts, Cordis Hotels and Ying’nFlo brands, with more than 30 projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation from Asia, Europe and North America to the Middle East. The Group takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was widely recognized as Europe's first Grand Hotel which opened in 1865. For over 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, sincere service and captivation of the senses across all properties. For more information, please access the website at LanghamHospitalityGroup.com.
As part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, Diriyah will be transformed into the Kingdom’s foremost historical, cultural and lifestyle destination and one of the world’s foremost historic tourism destinations.
Diriyah is located within Riyadh province, just 15 minutes north-west of downtown Riyadh. It is recognized as a symbolic center of inspiration for the generations of leaders that have led the Kingdom since the foundation of the First Saudi State in 1727. As the renewed cultural and historic capital of the nation, Diriyah is being designed and built with Saudi traditions and heritage in mind. The mixed-use traditional urban community will be created using the authentic Najdi architectural style, typical of Saudi villages of centuries past.
Sitting at the cultural heart of Diriyah lies the historic city of At-Turaif. Built in 1766, At-Turaif is recognized as one of the world’s foremost mud-brick cities. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, it is today set to become one of the nation’s must-see historic destinations.
With cultural and lifestyle experiences at its heart, Diriyah will be enriched by entertainment, learning, shopping, dining, hospitality, residential and workplace offerings. On completion, it will be home to a population of 100,000 residents, workers, students and visitors, and will celebrate the rich cultural history of Saudi Arabia.
The development will feature an array of world-class cultural, entertainment, retail, hospitality, educational, office and residential areas, including 38 hotels, a diverse collection of museums, a bustling retail heart and over 150 places to dine. The existing Bujairi Terrace area will soon be home to Riyadh’s new premium dining hub, enjoying uninterrupted views of At-Turaif; and the 141-key Samhan Heritage Hotel. Wadi Hanifah, a two square kilometer space accessible from the escarpment walk, will provide passive and active recreational spaces and boutique hospitality venues; places to unwind and spend the afternoon with family and friends in the beautiful wadi surroundings.
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