Minor Hotels and Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring Anantara brand to Diriyah in Saudi Arabia.

The proposed hotel is currently in the final stages of planning, and the companies are expected to provide additional details on the project soon.

Located just outside Riyadh, DGDA is set to become one of the largest cultural and lifestyle developments in the world.

It is a more than 11km2 project and will house 38 hotel brands, over 100 restaurants and 400 plus luxury retail brands and souk offerings.

Minor International chairman and founder William Heinecke said: “We are excited to announce our intention to be part of what will be one of the world’s most exciting and impressive collections of hotels at Diriyah Gate.

“This project is second to none globally in terms of scale and luxury and will bring a completely unique experience to the people of Saudi Arabia, residents and tourists alike.

“I look forward to working with the team at DGDA to bring this new Anantara property to fruition as part of this spectacular project.”

The new hotel will complement ten Anantara properties in operation in the Middle East region including Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in the Liwa Desert in the UAE, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman and Anantara Banana Island Resort Doha in Qatar.

The brand has four additional properties in the pipeline.

In March this year, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and DGDA revealed plans for 150-room luxury property as part of the Diriyah development.