A 130-room Kuwaiti maternity hospital is being combined with a five-star beachfront hotel to provide a luxurious welcome for new arrivals.
Traditionally, Middle Eastern families welcome the birth of new family members with a great celebration. The new concept in hospitality, which is designed by London architect Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, will enable relatives to stay in sumptuous surroundings when they celebrate the arrival of a new baby. In addition to the building design, the architect is also developing interiors and graphics for the new development.
Many residents of the six Gulf Co-operation Council countries currently fly to London for maternity treatment.
The re-opening of the Kuwait Regency Palace Hotel, following its destruction during the Gulf War, will provide a regional solution to the maternity needs of local residents.
WAT&G London office executive director John Elliott says the $30m (£18.7m) project will include restaurants, cafÃ©s, lagoons, gardens and a gymnasium hidden under a hill.
Elliott says: “The guest-room wings have been extended towards the seafront and a new horizon pool, which appears to float gracefully above the Gulf waters, has been created. A seven-storey interior canopied courtyard has been designed to offer a year-round tropical paradise for guests, while protecting them from the intense heat of the summer months.”