Published on : Friday, May 6, 2022
Saudi Arabia is taking its tourism ambitions to the mountains, historical sites, and purpose-built theme parks.
But embedded in that overarching vision is to build an enduring destination centred on the . That’s what the TRSDC is out to deliver.
In the last few years, The Red Sea Development Co. has combated COVID-19 and economic uncertainties towards delivering what would be one of Saudi Arabia’s ‘giga projects’. (These are special-purpose multi-phase, multi-year developments that would reshape the Kingdom’s tourism, real estate, hospitality spaces. The others include the NEOM City, AlUla, etc..)
With an average year-round temperature of 32 degrees, the Red Sea will be a comfortable experience any time of the year.
The crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea provide spectacular underwater exploration activities, including diving and snorkeling and cooler evenings can be enjoyed with both indoor and outdoor world-class dining and entertainment options.
Guests will have a choice of experiences and attractions to choose from, including an 18-hole championship golf course, a marina and beach club, and a variety of luxury retail options.
TRSDC looks forward to welcoming their first guests in early 2023, when our first hotels open.
Their Southern Dunes and Ummahat Islands properties will be the first to open. Visitors will experience for the first time what regenerative tourism is all about in a world-class, technologically advanced destination.
Southern Dunes is an inland location, sitting among desert dunes. The design – by British architect Foster + Partners – pays homage to the Nabataean heritage of the Red Sea coast. The 80-key resort will be operated by the first Six Senses in Saudi Arabia.
The Ummahat Islands are two pristine locations, the first of which will be home to the St. Regis Red Sea Resort, a 90-key property. The design – by Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates – puts the environment first and connects the building with the land.
The Red Sea International Airport will also be operational in 2023. Featuring a desert-inspired design by Foster + Partners, it sits within three hours of 250 million people and within eight hours of 80 per cent of the world’s population.
Their environmental approach will:
Develop less than 1 per cent of the entire 28,000 square kilometer area.
Leave 75 per cent of more than 90 islands in the archipelago untouched.
Designate nine islands as special conservation zones.
Create an on-site landscape nursery which will provide more than 25 million plants (the largest nursery in the Middle East).
Ban single-use plastics once fully operational.
Develop a sustainable food supply.
The residential offering, which is a first step towards the creation of a new prime and super-prime residential market on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, presents an unprecedented opportunity for a select few to own and invest in the first available branded residences.
Each of the residences offer a private and ultra-exclusive luxury island residential lifestyle, available for Saudi and future overseas buyers.
The balanced mix of one- to five-bedroom homes will appeal to a range of buyers and family sizes.
With some of the giga projects, some say these are slightly similar in their concepts because of the choice of locations, such as being near the ocean, etc.
World-class destinations are defined by the stories that visitors bring home with them, which in turn inspire return trips as well as other first-time visitors.
At the Red Sea, guests will have their choice of an array of personalized experiences to help them connect with nature, enjoy time with their families, and understand how luxury tourism can also have a positive impact on the environment and the local community.
Tags: COVID-19 pandemic, Red Sea International Airport, Saudi Arabia Tourism
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