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Mauritania Eco Resort Master Plan

Mauritania Eco Resort Master Plan

Tuilit, Mauritania

LOCATION
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Tuilit, Mauritania

Project Facts

Project Mauritania Eco Resort and Spa
Client ASML Group
Built-Up-Area N/a
Services Tourism Studies, Feasibility Studies, Masterplanning, Architectural Concept and Preliminary Design, Landscape Preliminary Design, 3D Rendering
Status Detail Design
Budget US$120 million

Project Features

Main Palace (housing Guest Check-in, the Grand Hall, Male Majlis, Female Majlis,Retail Outlets, Cigar Bar, Pre-dinner Drinks Bar, Three specialty Restaurants, Three commercial kitchens, Library/ Meeting Rooms, Admin Areas).
Guest Accommodation includes 30 Guest Suites (combination of Standard and Executive), 5 Family Suites and Two Presidential Suites
Multipurpose Venue/Conference Centre with MICE facilities (housing a large ballroom capacity of 350 banquet style seating, meeting rooms, a boardroom)
Day Spa with Men’s and Ladies’ separate Hammams and Massage facilities including 8 treatment rooms
Recreation Facilities comprise of four Swimming Pools including separate Ladies and Men’s pools, Pool Bar, a number of Pool Terraces and a Beach for Guests only.

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Situated in undeniably the most dramatic country in North Africa ASML Group’s proposal’s for the Mauritania Eco Resort includes the development of a fully integrated tourism and educational community over a period of five years and at an estimated cost exceeding US$100 million.

Located along the pristine coastline where the desert melts into the ocean close to the Banc d’Arguin region, the new development will establish a new intellectual centre and gateway that will attract travellers and students from home and across the world to the resort and the cities of Ouadane and Chinguetti in the north, Tichitt and Oualata in the southeast. Once highly revered trade and learning centres the remains of these 12 and 13th century cities known as the Ksours, are today protected by international organisations including UNESCO and the World Bank as well as the National Foundation for the Preservation of Ancient Towns by the government of Mauritania.

The proposed development is broken down into a number of components making the project ideal for a phased development model. This will reduce the impact on the environment, enable improvement through research into the environment, facilitate long term employment benefits and local industry opportunities, avoids resource overheating, and improves economic model (inc. cash flow).

Project location, the desert joins the Atlantic Ocean
The first phase of the development stretching over 10-acres will focus on the hospitality aspect of the project and will witness the construction of the main hotel building, the guest chalets and the Day spa. Support facilities including staff accommodate and maintenance workshops will also be built.

The master-planning of the site attempts to seek practicality in construction while minimising the impact on this virgin land. Each building is carefully located to take advantage of the natural terrain and to height guest experience. Vehicular movement is restricted to the dedicated parking for the public/ guests close to the site boundary; internal movement is by electric buggies/ walking. The buildings and chalets are positioned near each other while maintaining guest privacy, and thus walkable between the chalets and the resort facilities.
Master Plan Phase 1 of the Mauritania Eco Resort and Spa
Master Plan Phase 2 of the Mauritania Eco Resort and Spa

Phase 1

Phase 2

The second phase of the development, stretching over another 10 acres will see the increase to the number of guest chalets and a bigger focus on the education/ conservation component of the development. The conservation park will be established, as well as the Museum, Classrooms and Laboratories for the workers monitoring and managing the wildlife. Additionally, a Restaurant and Retail Areas will be added that will provide financial support to the operation of these facilities. Dedicated parking will be provided for day-visitor and study groups away from the main resort.

Location

Tuilit, Mauritania

PROJECT FACTS

Project Mauritania Eco Resort and Spa
Client ASML Group
Built-Up-Area N/a
Services Tourism Studies, Feasibility Studies, Masterplanning, Architectural Concept and Preliminary Design, Landscape Preliminary Design, 3D Rendering
Status Detail Design
Budget US$120 million

PROJECT FEATURES

Main Palace (housing Guest Check-in, the Grand Hall, Male Majlis, Female Majlis,Retail Outlets, Cigar Bar, Pre-dinner Drinks Bar, Three specialty Restaurants, Three commercial kitchens, Library/ Meeting Rooms, Admin Areas).
Guest Accommodation includes 30 Guest Suites (combination of Standard and Executive), 5 Family Suites and Two Presidential Suites
Multipurpose Venue/Conference Centre with MICE facilities (housing a large ballroom capacity of 350 banquet style seating, meeting rooms, a boardroom)
Day Spa with Men’s and Ladies’ separate Hammams and Massage facilities including 8 treatment rooms
Recreation Facilities comprise of four Swimming Pools including separate Ladies and Men’s pools, Pool Bar, a number of Pool Terraces and a Beach for Guests only.

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Phase 2

The second phase of the development, stretching over another 10 acres will see the increase to the number of guest chalets and a bigger focus on the education/ conservation component of the development. The conservation park will be established, as well as the Museum, Classrooms and Laboratories for the workers monitoring and managing the wildlife. Additionally, a Restaurant and Retail Areas will be added that will provide financial support to the operation of these facilities. Dedicated parking will be provided for day-visitor and study groups away from the main resort.
Master Plan Phase 2 of the Mauritania Eco Resort and Spa
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WAEL SAMIH AL KAYYALLI

With over 40 years of experience in project and construction management across the region, Al-Kayyalli has worked in senior-management level roles with some of the biggest real-estate development companies across the Gulf region.

Specialised in working on complete project lifecycle, Al-Kayyalli’s has wide-reaching experience in all stages of project development and delivery ranging from initial preliminary and feasibility studies, financial and time planning, costing and procurement, value engineering, construction supervision and management to commissioning and testing before final handover.

Before joining Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, Al Kayyalli was the CEO of the Saudi Qitaf al Ardah Development Real Estate Co. (Al Nahda & Al Omar Group) where he re-structured the company to fully develop in-house turnkey developments through the establishment of an in-house project management and procurement office.

Prior to which, he was the Vice President Project Management and Engineering of Al-Oula International-Amar International Real Estate where Al Kayyalli successfully implemented major investment programs for the firm’s operations in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, as turnkey solutions tailored to the findings of market analysis studies.

Earlier, Al-Kayyali was the Director of Development & Project Management for Al-Nahdi Group (KSA) and KCMCC(Kuwait Commercial Market Company), and Director/ Construction Manager for a number of key contracting firms including Al-Jafr Trading and Contracting Co. (KSA), Ali & Fouad Al-Ghanim Co. (Kuwait), Al-Habtoor Engineering (UAE), Al-Muhairy Contracting Co. (UAE) and Al-Hani Construction & Trading Bureau (Kuwait).

RULA HANNOUN

Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Rula Hannoun completed her undergraduate in anthropology at the University of Manchester in 1979 prior to completing her postgraduate MBA (Finance) at the Manchester School of Business in 1981.

Hannoun’s professional career began at the First National Bank of Chicago, Corporate Finance division before moving to Project Finance, Oil and Gas. As the Deputy Head of the Oil and Gas division for EMEA at 26, Hannoun became the youngest Vice President in the history of the bank.

After marrying and relocating to Dubai, Hannoun left the banking sector in 1985 to raise her family. She resumed her professional career in the mid-90s as Advisor to the Economic Department of Dubai, spearheading the establishment of Dubai Internet City – the second and one of the most successful free zones in Dubai.

With an inherent passion of architecture and design and a key eye for business, in 1999 Hannoun established the firm Tala Furniture, dedicated to providing quality furniture to the booming hospitality sector across the Gulf and North Africa. Nearly two decades later the company is recognised as one of the leading suppliers of complete hotel interior products, operates 3 factories in CEBU, China and Indonesia and boasts over 120 professional staff focused on project management, technical services, manufacturing, sourcing and quality control.

A member of the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) and an active fundraiser, Hannoun has dedicated much of her personal life to raising awareness for children with special needs. She was instrumental in the establishment of Asseef School (Dubai Centre for Special Needs) in the late 80s, the first special needs school in Dubai to receive funding from the late HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and remains equally diligent in her quest today, to protect the rights of the children without a voice.

RASHID TAQUI

With near 30 years of experience in the design, management and delivery of complex architectural projects, Rashid Taqui’s portfolio spans multiple sectors in Australia, Greece, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the UAE.

Taqui has a Master’s in International Architecture Studies from the University of Huddersfield (UK), and two theses to his credit: The UAE – Searching for a Lost Identity, and The National Museum in Al Ain, UAE.

Starting his career in 1996 as a fresh graduate at German firm Schuster Pechtold’s Dubai office, he won instant appreciation and international applause for conceptualising and designing the multi-award-winning Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa – the first eco-resort in the Middle East attributed to having changed the discourse of architecture in the UAE. His involvement in other ‘firsts’ for the region include the establishing a voice for the architects and designers by the launching Dubai’s premier and the regions’ leading architectural journal, Architecture Plus, shaping the annual architectural networking event, Cityscape and founding the international awards for architecture and design in the UAE.

Taqui’s broad-ranging experience covers urban planning projects, resorts and hotels, palatial residences, shopping malls, airports, schools, banks, offices and varied public and cultural facilities, and undertaken while holding senior positions in the UAE offices of German multi-disciplinary firm Kling Consult, civil engineering firm Italconsult SPA, and architectural firm Incorporated Consultants (Conin).

Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, established in 2008, is his personal brand that specialises in contextually authentic, eco-aware architecture. He ardently advocates integrity and sustainability while targeting high yields for stakeholders through innovative design, investment opportunities, and value engineering.

Taqui often speaks at public events and writes regularly for local publications. His interests include fitness, films, food, and travel.

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