Saudi’s Maraya Concert Hall breaks world record
The tourist attraction is the world’s largest mirror-clad building
Maraya Concert Hall is in Saudi's Al Ula region, 22 kilometres away from Al-Hijr Archeological Site, the Kingdom’s first UNESCO Heritage site.
The 500-seat venue sits within a mirror cube showcasing a mirage effect of its surrounding environment.
US company Guardian Glass created the mirror cladding for the façade of the building, which completed in 2019 and is now hosting events as part of the Al Ula region’s ‘Winter at Tantora’ festival.
Guardian Glass AME marketing director Jasmin Hodzic said: “Ingenuity and perseverance paid off well for Guardian Glass as we had to develop the solutions for Maraya Concert Hall’s unique needs. The challenges posed by the terrain and time frame were in front of us, but we proceeded and customized our interior glass product - Guardian UltraMirror - expanding its capability for use externally.
Hodzic added: "With this development, we have created a new value-added product for the construction and architecture industry that meets the quality standard of challenging weather conditions."
The project feeds into the Kingdom’s overarching goal to increase its range of leisure tourism offerings. The Saudi Vision 2030 aims to reduce the country’s dependence on oil and diversify its economy. The Kingdom has been rapidly increasing its number of leisure hotels, along with attractions such as the Maraya Concert Hall.