Plans have been unveiled for a space-age airport on the Red Sea coast
The super-luxury airport at Amaala is inspired by its desert location…
Designs for Amaala Airport, on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast, have been revealed – and the plans are nothing short of spectacular.
Inspired by a desert mirage, the airport terminal and control tower have been designed by Foster + Partners from the UK, with the airport masterplan from Egis.
Incredibly proud to unveil #AMAALA‘s stunning international airport. Inspired by the dramatic desert environment, the airport has been designed by leading architects Foster + Partners @FosterPartners and Egis @Egis_MiddleEast. pic.twitter.com/d1k0ZldxYG
— AMAALA (@WelcomeToAmaala) June 24, 2020
Scheduled for completion in 2023, the new airport will service the tourist development Amaala, on the shores of the Red Sea in the kingdom’s northwest. When it opens, this Red Sea wellness sanctuary is expected to welcome one million travellers each year.
“Visitors will be greeted by personalised experiences from the moment they step off the plane,” said Nicholas Naples, CEO of Amaala. “From design to personalisation, this will be no ordinary airport.”
— AMAALA (@WelcomeToAmaala) June 11, 2020
According to Gerard Evenden, senior executive partner at Foster + Partners, “Responding to the surrounding landscape, the terminal building will form an exclusive gateway to the Amaala resort. The passenger experience through the entire building will be akin to a private members club – luxurious and relaxing.”
The sculptural structure will rise above the desert landscape, shimmering like a mirage thanks to mirrored surfaces. There will be a courtyard at the heart of the terminal, angular windows, and air-conditioned hangars for private jets, catering to Amaala’s high-end clients.
A game-changing resort for Saudi Arabia, Amaala plans to “curate transformative, personal journeys inspired by arts, wellness and the purity of the Red Sea,” with a trio of waterfront resorts.