Here's a sneak peek at the stunning new AMAALA airport

The airport is due to be completed by 2023…

Thought airports were pretty basic? Think again. An ultra-luxurious airport is set to open in Saudi Arabia in 2023, and it’s not like any airport you will have seen before. It will be found on Saudi Arabia’s north-western coast.

The international airport is part of the luxury development project Amaala which is currently ongoing in the area. When it’s finished, it’s expected to welcome approximately one million travellers per year, further boosting Saudi Arabia’s tourism.

From the sky, travellers will be able to marvel at amazing land art on the ground surrounding the airport. No thoughts have been spared when it comes to the stunning architecture, which was ‘inspired by the optical illusion of a desert mirage’.

The terminal and control tower design was conceptualised by UK-based architectural and design firm Foster + Partners, while the airport master plan was designed by Egis, an international consultancy and engineering group.

Chief executive officer of Amaala, Nicholas Naples, said: “From design to personalisation, this will be no ordinary airport. Immersed in the spirit of Amaala, the airport will create an environment that embodies the philosophy of the destination beyond. This will be a unique space that personifies luxury and marks the start of memorable experiences for the world’s most discerning guests.”

The 4,155 square kilometre Amaala development can be found within the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve. According to the website, it’s an ‘ultra-luxury destination that focuses on transformative personal journeys inspired by wellness, arts, culture and the purity of the Red Sea.’

There are set to be three ‘communities’; Triple Bay, Coastal Development and The Island which will give visitors three very different experiences. Across the entire development, there will be 2,500 hotel keys, and over 800 residential villas, apartments and estate homes.

Additionally, more than 200 retail establishments will be open, plus lots of amazing fine-dining restaurants, plus health, fitness and recreational facilities.

Images: Amaala