Saudi Arabia: Hotel group Aman in partnership with Cruise Saudi will launch a 183-metre yacht with 50 luxury suites in 2025.

Named Project Sama, Aman will oversee the development process (from build to operations and management) with design spearheaded by SINOT Yacht Architecture & Design.

Each of the suites are set to come with a private balcony. In addition, several dining options will include an all-day restaurant, a club and lounge, as well as an Aman Spa with Japanese garden, a beach club, and two helipads.

The joint venture between Aman and Cruise Saudi has been signed by CEO Vlad Doronin and managing director Fawaz Farooqui respectively. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is a shareholder of the latter.

Doronin said: “The announcement of Project Sama marks an exciting moment in Aman’s growth and evolution, as we not only continue to diversify our geographical portfolio on land but also at sea, creating sanctuaries in unfrequented locations and continuing to reframe the concept of luxury hospitality. Project Sama will provide transformative experiences within the revered Aman setting and service, which is unlike any other yacht experience, ultimately creating a whole new category in on the water discovery.”

Farooqui added: “The signing of this partnership adds a new layer to Cruise Saudi’s offering and is a testament to the unique tourism experience that is exploring Saudi by sea, as well as demonstrating Cruise Saudi’s commitment to growing and expanding the cruise industry in Saudi. We aspire to further collaboration with Aman that will bring additional ultra-luxury experiences at sea.

“We look forward to working with Aman in reaching our vision of Saudi becoming a premier global destination and immersing our guests in diverse nature, rich culture and heritage through an unforgettable journey that is truly unique to Saudi.”

The official name of the superyacht is due to be announced.

This story was originally posted on 11 January 2022 on

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