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J/Brice Design to Renovate Saudi Arabian Resort

BOSTON—Saudi Arabia’s Fakieh Group has commissioned J/Brice Design International, Inc., to renovate the Mövenpick Resort Al Nawras on the Jeddah Corniche in Saudi Arabia. J/Brice Design will recast and rebrand the property as an international seven-star resort.

The Mövenpick Resort Al Nawras is located on a private island of reclaimed land just off North Corniche Rd. Overlooking the Red Sea, the property is near the Tahlia shopping district, city center and King Abdul Aziz International Airport.

The Mövenpick engagement is the latest of several contracts the Fakeih Group has awarded to J/Brice Design International. These include the Planetarium at the Al Shallal Theme Park, the design of the Miami-inspired art-deco Ocean Drive Restaurant at the Sea Wonders Aquarium and the soon-to-open Spanish Tapas Bistro, all in Jeddah.

Jeffrey Ornstein, CEO and founder of J/Brice Design, which just celebrated its 28th year in business, said, “The past decade has been marked with expansion of our firm’s footprint in the Middle East. We recognize our relationship with the Fakeih Group as having been a key contributor to that expansion, and for cementing our position as the dominant design firm on the Arabian Peninsula.

“The project includes the reinvention and redesign all of Mövenpick’s public spaces, guestrooms and suites as well as the resort hotel’s Al Wadaa restaurant,” he continued. “It is yet too early on to estimate the final value of the project, though management hopes for a relaunch and grand opening scheduled for second quarter of 2017.”

The Al Wadaa restaurant takes up several interior and exterior levels and terraces of the Jeddah landmark building, whose architecture is based on a concentric circular theme inspired by the geometry of a conch shell, according to the design group. It is located on a reclaimed island extending into the Red Sea.

Other notable J/Brice projects in Saudi Arabia include the first Kempinski Hotel in Al Khobar and a new luxury Dusit Hotel, also in Jeddah. These projects are in addition to hotels, villas and private residences for members of royal families and elites throughout the Arabian Peninsula. J/Brice Design International has been engaged in numerous projects in the Middle East for nearly 20 years.