Emerging as a luxury eco-tourism destination on the global map, The Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia is a venture that promises a unique blend of luxury and sustainability. This revolutionary project, aiming to redefine tourism in Saudi Arabia, is nestled along the country’s west coast, offering an array of natural wonders along its 28,000 square kilometers.
Introduction to The Red Sea Project
The Red Sea Project is one of the most ambitious tourism initiatives globally, spearheaded by Red Sea Global, a company fully owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). This project encapsulates the essence of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, aiming to diversify the economy by developing the Red Sea region sustainably.
This unique destination encompasses an archipelago of over 90 untouched islands, stunning beaches, dormant volcanoes, mountain canyons, and endless desert landscapes. The Red Sea Project, with its rich cultural history and historical sites, presents itself as an extraordinary location for adventure travel and exploration.
The Master Plan
The Red Sea Project is designed with sustainability at its core. The master plan for the destination, developed in partnership with Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo and Buro Happold, is designed to not only protect but also enrich the environment for future generations.
The plan was informed by comprehensive environmental studies and the largest marine spatial planning simulation ever undertaken in partnership with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. As a result, less than one percent of the total site area is being developed, preserving 75 percent of the destination’s islands for conservation.
The project also aims to achieve a 30 percent net positive conservation benefit by 2040, achieved by enhancing key habitats to help biodiversity flourish.
Spectacular Resorts and Luxury Hotels
The Red Sea Project promises unmatched hospitality with its ultra-luxurious resorts. The first hotels – the St. Regis Red Sea Resort, Nujuma Ritz Carlton Reserve, and Six Senses Southern Dunes – are scheduled to open their doors to guests in 2023.
The St. Regis Red Sea Resort will be situated on a private island, featuring 90 villas. On the Ummahat islands, the luxury Nujuma Ritz-Carlton Reserve will have 82 keys, including overwater and beach villas.
Desert Rock, another significant feature, is currently being developed as an in-mountain hotel with rooms and suites built directly into the rock and stone.
By 2030, the Red Sea Project plans to offer 22 developed islands, six inland sites, 48 hotels, and 8,000 rooms for guests.
Environment and Sustainability
The Red Sea Project is not just about luxury; it is equally about making a difference. The project promises to lead in regenerative development for design, construction, and operations.
The development plans to build the world’s largest battery storage system to power the entire project with renewable energy. This will also involve the planting of more than 50 million mangrove trees by the project’s completion, which are superior in sequestering carbon compared to land-based trees.
Job Creation and Economic Contribution
The Red Sea Project is a significant contributor to job creation and economic diversification in Saudi Arabia. It is expected to create about 70,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs by 2030. The project is also expected to contribute $5.3 billion annually to the Saudi economy from 2030 onwards.
In addition to traditional hospitality roles, the project is providing opportunities in areas like better farming techniques and English for tourism.
Accessibility and Infrastructure
The Red Sea Project has been designed for easy accessibility, with the dedicated Red Sea International Airport (RSI) ready to launch its inaugural flight. The airport will serve tourists visiting over 90 untouched islands, beaches, volcanoes, desert dunes, mountain canyons, and historic cultural sites within the development.
RSI will serve an estimated one million domestic and international tourists per year by 2030. It is also working to plant a vast amount of mangrove trees – more than 50 million by the project’s completion.
Adventure and Sports
The Red Sea Project offers a variety of adventure sports to its visitors. The recent launch of ‘Akun,’ a new adventure sports brand, is set to cater to guests visiting the upcoming luxury eco-tourism destination.
The adventure offerings at the Red Sea will not just provide a “good time” but will also offer people a chance to “emotionally connect to nature… and Saudi Arabia.”
The Future and Beyond
The Red Sea Project is not just a short-term initiative; it is a vision for the future. The project’s first phase will be completed by the end of 2023, with 16 hotels and 3,000 rooms across four islands and two inland sites. The project will continue to grow, with plans to offer 22 developed islands, six inland sites, 48 hotels, and 8,000 rooms by 2030.
The Red Sea Project promises to be a bucket-list destination, offering a unique blend of luxury, adventure, and sustainability. As more and more people discover the beauty and adventure that awaits them at The Red Sea, it is set to become one of the most sought-after eco-tourism destinations globally.
The Red Sea Project is a testament to Saudi Arabia’s commitment to sustainability and tourism. As a luxury regenerative tourism destination, it offers an unparalleled experience of luxury and adventure, setting new standards for eco-tourism worldwide. From its spectacular resorts to its commitment to environmental conservation, The Red Sea Project is a destination that promises a unique and unforgettable experience.