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Foster + Partners Designs Hotel 12, part of the Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia

Foster + Partners is designing Hotel 12, on the Ummahat AlShaykh Island in Saudi Arabia. Developed by the Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the project is one of two hotels on the island, the first being planned by Kengo Kuma.

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111 "Magical Towns" That You Must Visit in Mexico

Teotihuacán / Estado de México. Image via Pueblos Mágicos de MéxicoSayulita / Nayarit. Image via Pueblos Mágicos de MéxicoTequila / Jalisco. Image via Pueblos Mágicos de MéxicoZozocolco / Veracruz . Image via Pueblos Mágicos de México+ 83

In 2001, the Mexican Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) created an initiative called "Pueblo Mágico/Magical Town." This program seeks to highlight towns around the country that offer a unique and "magical experience – by reason of their natural beauty, cultural richness, traditions, folklore, historical relevance, cuisine, arts & crafts, and hospitality."

You can find SECTUR's "Magical Town" definition here.

A town that through time and before modernity, was conserved, valued and defended for its historical, cultural and natural heritage; and manifests in it various expressions through its tangible and intangible heritage. A "Magical Town" is a locality that has unique, symbolic attributes, authentic stories, transcendent facts, daily life, which means a great opportunity for tourism, taking into account the motivations and needs of travelers.