Saudi Arabia’s Royal Commission for Al-Ula (RCU) selected French architectural firm AW2 to design a glamping resort, the first of its kind in the kingdom. According to AW2’s Stéphanie Ledoux, who told Dezeen, the inspiration for the design and architecture of the Ashar Tented Resort suites “starts with the simple rectangular shape of the Bedouin tent, with its adjustable canvas to maximise cooling and provide shade”. The 47 new ultra-luxury glamping suites, spread over a 10,800m2 site, will be added to the existing Ashar Resort. 28 of them will be one-bedroom, 15 will be two-bedroom and four will be three-bedroom. As Ledoux explains, their configuration includes “all the modern functions of a luxury hotel room, while maintaining maximum contact with the surrounding nature“.