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Southern Dunes Hotel

An iconic barefoot luxury experience on the West Coast of Saudi Arabia

  • Umluj, Saudi Arabia

    Umluj, Saudi Arabia

An oasis along the Red Sea, Southern Dunes Hotel offers seven star accommodations surrounded by a remote desert landscape

Inspired by the magnificent desert landscape along the Red Sea, the Southern Dunes Hotel, operated by Six Senses, is a first of its kind, luxury destination. In addition to the things guests see, such as site-sensitive visual design language, it’s the engineering under the surface that helps the hotel set a new standard for environmental sustainability.

The design, inspired by the surrounding sand dunes, uses sustainable, lightweight materials reflecting the textures of the Saudi Arabian desert. The structures are carefully planned and sited to minimize environmental impact, and they use a high-performance thermal envelope to conserve energy. Ranging from dark-sky lighting techniques to reduce light pollution, to bespoke grade foundations to limit disturbance to the soil, our team left no avenue unexplored to engineer this LEED Platinum destination.

The Red Sea Project is the world’s most ambitious sustainable tourism development. Using technology and knowledge of the ecosystem, it aims to go beyond sustainability to even helping regenerate the environment. It will position Saudi Arabia as a leader in regenerative tourism, setting the benchmark for sustainable tourism development.

At a Glance

  • Red Sea Global
MEED Awards, MENA Hospitality Project of the Year, 2023
MEED Project Awards, National Winner, 2023
Stantec completes engineering-design services for Southern Dunes hyper luxury hotel
Meet Our Team

Chadi Fayssal, Project Manager

Design with creativity, manage with inspiration, and always aim at success. I design for human values, communities, and a better world.

Abdelazim Sherif, Senior Associate, Manager - Structures

Structural design for us means support—supporting loads, supporting other disciplines, and supporting innovative ideas.
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Akhilesh Nair, Associate, Manager – MEP

It’s my goal to provide professional, comprehensive services and to become a preferred provider of engineering services in the construction industry.

Chadi Fayssal

Project Manager

Abdelazim Sherif

Senior Associate, Manager - Structures

Akhilesh Nair

Associate, Manager – MEP

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