The Ritz-Carlton, Diriyah set to open in 2026 and Bab Samhan Diriyah in 2024

The Ritz-Carlton, Diriyah set to open in 2026 and Bab Samhan Diriyah in 2024

Rendering of The Ritz-Carlton Diriyah

The luxury hospitality landscape in KSA is evolving. The Ritz-Carlton, Diriyah is set to open its doors in 2026, while Bab Samhan Diriyah will debut in 2024.

The Ritz-Carlton, Diriyah

Expected to open in 2026, The Ritz-Carlton, Diriyah brings the brand’s legendary service and exquisite design to the cultural destination.

The hotel will boast 195 guest rooms, including 34 suites. Furthermore, it will include a specialty restaurant, all-day dining venue, meeting rooms, outdoor pool and fitness center. Moreover, a kids’ club, a signature spa and other facilities will also be offered.

Bab Samhan, Diriyah

In 2024, Bab Samhan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Diriyah, is set to become the first hotel opening within Diriyah. Bab Samhan will reflect the Najdi culture through its design and hospitality. Moreover, it will feature transformational experiences and destination-rooted authenticity. Design plans for the property include 135 guest rooms, comprising 27 suites. Additionally, the hotel will boast two signature restaurants, an all-day-dining restaurant, coffee and juice bar, fitness center, pool and spa.

Sandeep Walia, COO of ME of Marriott International, said: “We continue to witness great progress across our portfolio within Diriyah. Furthermore, we look forward to bringing our cherished and celebrated brands to one of the world’s most anticipated cultural and heritage cities.”

It is worth noting that Marriott International and Diriyah have previously announced the signings of an EDITION Hotel and a Moxy Hotel.


Diriyah is positioning itself to be Saudi Arabia’s premier cultural destination. Indeed, the transformation of the historic town of Diriyah into a global tourism destination is underway. Guests experience centuries past in this authentic Saudi building, transported to the Arabian Peninsula’s birth, crafted in Najdi architectural style.

Furthermore, the landmark destination is set to incorporate a variety of cultural institutions and museums, as well as galleries, diverse restaurants, luxury retail, public squares, hotels, recreational spaces, residences, education hubs, and offices.

Jerry Inzerillo, group CEO of Diriyah company, said: “Diriyah is so much more than a giga-project. The city has been at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s founding story and national development for three hundred years. Moreover, the partnership with Marriott international will offer guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in that culture.”


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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