luxe - Mövenpick Hotel Qassim, Buraydah
Written by Jack Thomas Taylor
Located 400 km north-west of Riyadh, Buraydah is a small town in Saudi Arabia that is steeped in history and heritage. A meeting point for visitors, businessmen, and tourists, it is a city of convergence.
With cultural and historical heritage intertwined with hospitality and agricultural cultivation, the Al Qassim district has earned the proud reputation as Saudi Arabia’s builder and food provider.
While being the only international hotel in the vicinity, the Mövenpick Qassim lives up to both local and international standards. Punctuating the King Fahad Highway, the hotel boasts a contemporary art deco design and is a landmark of five-star cordiality. Intended to cater for sophisticated business travellers and families, the hotel has a palpably relaxed feel and offers a high standard of service.
Upon entering the property, the awe-inspiring design of the building’s infrastructure struts towards a sky-blue glass dome that welcomes the desert sun and the evening-sky glow. The lobby area depicts a rather impressive view of the hotel’s accommodation space that towers above you.
What makes the hotel truly unique is the effort it makes to be one of the most environmentally friendly hotels in the Kingdom. Fully committed to ensuring the hotel functions to high ‘green’ standards from the top down, the hotel practises the best of environment-friendly procedures. By demonstrating leadership and innovation in the fields of operational efficiency and corporate responsibility, the property has its own water-well and favours companies adhering to environmentally friendly practices.
Al Qassim is rightly known as ‘the vegetable basket of Saudi Arabia’ because of the vast amount of agricultural produce it generates – so much that farmers even export their goods to other Arabian cities. Al Qassim is also renowned for its flavoursome traditional meals such as jereesh, margoug, gersan, and metazeez. As for sweets, the Qassim kleeja is a well-known pastry popular across the Gulf.