Saudi Arabia - AlUla
Maraya was the first project to be developed for the Journey Through Time Masterplan 1; aimed at turning AlUla, KSA into a living museum and share its cultural legacy with the world. The first brief from the client was to have a complex able to host concerts and events in an area of enormous archaeological and scenic value; a valley in the region of Al-‘Ula surrounded by the presence of ruins fro the Nabataean empire and 200,000 years of heritage. Our mission was based on figuring out how we could build in such a beautiful and meaningful place and we wondered how to establish a relationship between the construct and the existing in the most respectful way possible. Maraya is a multi-purpose theatre, entertainment and conference venue. Maraya has a unique and unseen stage set up: a great 40m x 15m stage, with a giant retractable window of over 800 square meters that opens up to the surrounding nature, allowing shows to take place directly on the desert level where mass-coreo can perform in a unique in-and-outdoor scenario, blending landscape and entertainment. Complete with all state of the art facilities, the Maraya Concert Hall can host international productions from opera to ballets, shows and concerts.