Dar Al Shams villas ... Versace and Elie Saab branded options offered.

Dar Al Arkan, a leading real estate company in Saudi Arabia, has announced a unique collaboration that will bring the world’s first-ever villas with interiors by Versace Home to the kingdom’s Shams Ar Riyadh project.

Located in a strategic area north of Riyadh, on King Khalid Road, the Shams Al Riyadh project extends over an area of more than 5 million sq m.

Situated overlooking Wadi Hanifa with easy access to the city’s prime lifestyle destinations and top attractions, the villas have been designed to make the most of their natural setting and offer a new way of living in comfort, luxury and privacy, says Dar Al Arkan.

In an exclusive model of innovative design, the entrance and living areas will dominate the first floor, together with floor-to-ceiling windows which will flood the living space with light and make a feature of the spectacular views over Wadi Hanifa.

Versace furniture ... Shams Al Riyadh to host Versace branded homes.

Versace furniture ... Shams Al Riyadh to host Versace branded homes.

Meanwhile, the bedrooms and family rooms will be repositioned on the ground level, creating an overall space that combines elegance and practicality.

According to Dar Al Arkan, the villas have also been designed for a smarter living incorporating the latest technology throughout.

Versace Home’s outstanding design and craftsmanship will augment the extraordinary ‘Upside Living’ design of the limited-edition luxury villas which will be built overlooking the historic and natural setting of Wadi Hanifa.

Lighting, heating and air-conditioning will be engineered to provide an enhanced ambiance, controlled by motion sensors.  The villas will feature a sophisticated security and surveillance system, which will be fully integrated, and a smart home entertainment system including a home theatre, and smart kitchen appliances, says the Saudi developer.

The emphasis will be on creating luxury and sophistication in every detail, says the developer.

On the Versace Home collaboration, Chairman Yousef bin Abdullah Al Shalash says: “We could not be more proud to partner with such a world-famous brand as Versace on this unique project. To have a design house of such a high calibre create the interiors of these very special homes encapsulates the high level of luxury living we are striving for with Shams Ar Riyadh.”

“At Dar Al Arkan, our ambition is to elevate the real estate market in Saudi Arabia. Our close relationship with leading international designers will help achieve this and cement the kingdom’s growing reputation for outstanding architecture and design on a global scale,” he adds.

Dar Al Arkan has also joined forces with global designer Elie Saab to launch exclusive co-branded villas within the Shams Ar Riyadh development.

Reflecting the sophisticated elegance and exceptional detailing that Elie Saab is recognised for in the haute couture world, the villas will have the Elie Saab signature style with exquisite designs, setting a new standard for modern luxury living in the kingdom.

In addition to the exterior concept, the beauty of his designs will be captured and reflected in the interiors to create a seamless charm and elegant continuity across all aspects of each villa. According to Dar Al Arkan, there are only a limited number of co-branded Dar Al Arkan and Elie Saab villas, which would be privately located and exclusively accessed by residents.

On the collaboration, Ziad El Chaar, the Vice Chairman of Dar Al Arkan, says: “Elie Saab is a global pioneer in design and admired for his unique and beautiful designs that capture our hearts. Through this first-of-its-kind collaboration, we are bringing two major forces in the Arab world and showcasing a new level of modern design and luxury living for the customer.”

With the recent launch of Elie Saab Maison, the top designer brand expands into luxury furniture and interior accessories collections for home and hospitality projects.

“The partnership further underlines our goal to enhance the real estate sector of the kingdom to truly world-class standards. Working with illustrious names in the fashion world, we will raise the standards of luxury property and position Riyadh as a preferred destination for the discerning,” he adds.

Expressing delight at the collaboration with Dar Al Arkan on a new lifestyle address in Shams Ar Riyadh project, Saab says: “I have been working towards an architectural and lifestyle expression that translates the style of my living through the development of real estate projects and the creation of furniture and home collection to complement my vision.”

“Elie Saab delivers a unique and timeless experience. We are confident that our new partner, Dar Al Arkan, the leading real estate company in Saudi Arabia, is perfectly geared towards supporting our ambitions in developing and creating premium projects that embody the DNA of our brand and touch every aspect of living,” he adds.