The Red Sea Project reaches an important milestone

Sites have been designated for the development’s overwater villas and hotels…

One of Saudi Arabia’s most ambitious tourist developments has reached a key milestone this week. The developers of the multi-billion-dollar Red Sea Project have identified the sites for overwater villas, restaurants and hotel arrival points.

The two hyper-luxury hotels and one luxury hotel will be located on Sheybarah South and Ummahat Al Shaykh islands. The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) earmarked the sites during a three-week exploration period.

“The marking of locations for our overwater assets is another milestone reached for the project, and is indicative of the progress being made at the site,” said John Pagano, CEO, TRSDC.

“This activity was an essential step in the identification of suitable locations which will allow our hotels and other assets to coexist in harmony with their surroundings while providing our visitors with an immersive experience and stunning views.”

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The Maldives meets Saudi Arabia

Located in the kingdom’s northwest, between the cities of Umluj and Al Wajh, The Red Sea Project spans 30,000 square kilometres of untouched islands, crystal-clear waters, pristine coral reefs and captivating marine life.

It hopes to begin welcoming guests at the end of 2022. The first phase will include 14 luxury hotels, with 3,000 rooms spread across five islands and two inland sites.

When it is completed in 2030, the mammoth project will be home to 8,000 hotel rooms across 22 islands and six inland locations.

Going green

Sustainability is a key driver of this development, which aims to send zero waste to landfill and be completely carbon neutral.

In keeping with this mission, the site selection for the overwater abodes aims to minimise the impact on the local environment, including the surrounding coral reefs.

“We’re uncompromising in our commitment to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural environment. Pioneering new standards in sustainable development to achieve this goal is at the heart of The Red Sea Project, as is selecting the right partners who are willing and able to support our ambition,” said John Pagano, Chief Executive Officer of The Red Sea Development Company.

Images: The Red Sea Project