Red Sea Global celebrates milestone moment as SAR 7.5bn worth of contracts are signed to date
Luxury tourism destination along the Red Sea coast outlines impressive and tangible progress made at the 28,000 km² site, set to open at the end of 2022
Red Sea Global (formerly known as TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism projects, The Red Sea and Amaala, today announced it had awarded to date more than 500 contracts to international and local firms.
Collectively worth around SAR 7.5 billion ($2bn), these include awards for the design, build and operation of state-of-the-art accommodation and facilities at the destination.
Breaking new ground
Since the company’s inception in 2017, over 70 percent of the total value of contracts has been awarded to Saudi firms, highlighting RSG’s commitment to strengthening the local economy. Overall, more than 500 contracts have been awarded to companies from 24 countries, which is indicative of the scale of the project and the international expertise required to create the unique destination.
Work on the destination’s transport links is well underway and includes developing 80km of roads, highways and junctions to connect the destination, and the new international airport.
Archirodon is constructing a crossing linking Shurayrah Island (the destination’s main hub) to the mainland and is constructing a number of jetties. Meanwhile, Saudi Amana Contracting has delivered the first volumetric prefabricated units, which were built in a newly established facility in Saudi Arabia. These units will form part of the Coastal Village development, a new town set to house the 14,000 staff who will operate the destination once complete.
The development of the Construction Village, which will be home to 10,000 construction workers, is nearing completion with all 1,876 cabins built off-site, delivered and assembled. While the onsite landscape nursery, which spans over one million square meters, is fully operational and set to deliver upwards of 15 million plants.
In July this year, RSG signed its largest contract to date for airside infrastructure works for the destination’s international airport, set to open in 2022. Awarded as a joint venture to two leading Saudi contractors, Nesma & Partners Contracting Co. Ltd and Almabani General Contractors, the contract symbolizes another significant step in progress, while demonstrating RSG’s ongoing commitment to creating opportunities within the Saudi Arabian construction sector.
In addition to working with international and local companies, RSG has also forged partnerships with universities and ministries, as well as leading scientific and academic institutions.
For instance, the company worked with King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) on an ambitious Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) program to map out land and coral reef conservation areas at the site. This exercise informed the Concept Master Plan which predicts a 30 percent net conservation benefit by 2040, showcasing RSG’s commitment to setting new standards in regenerative sustainability.
Sustainable is not enough
RSG is a standard-bearer in luxury ecotourism, with the goal of becoming the first global destination to demonstrate a regenerative tourism approach on this scale.
RSG is working to establish the largest marine protected area in the Middle East, which will be just under 5,400 square kilometers. RSG also plans to implement a number of innovative methods to sequester carbon, including increasing the size of mangrove habitats across the destination, direct air capture and establishing marine algae farms.
In addition to manufacturing off-site, RSG uses eco-friendly, sustainable ‘green’ concrete on-site in order to minimize emissions throughout the construction process.
A look ahead
And there is still more to come. By the end of 2020, many more contracts will be awarded including for the airport terminal, an airport operator, and a major public-private partnership (PPP) utilities package that will secure 100 percent renewable energy generation, water desalination, waste treatment and district cooling. Together, these contracts will take aggregate commitments to a total approaching SAR 15 billion ($4 billion).
The Red Sea Project has already passed significant milestones and work is on track to welcome the first guests by the end of 2022, when the international airport and the first four hotels will open. The remaining 12 hotels scheduled for completion in Phase One will open in 2023, delivering a total of 3,000 rooms across five islands and two inland resorts.
About Red Sea Global
Red Sea Global (RSG - www.redseaglobal.com) is a closed joint-stockcompany wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia.
RSG is a global multi-project developer, seeking to lead the worldtowards a more sustainable future, showing how responsible andregenerative development can uplift communities, drive economies, andenhance the environment. The protection of natural capital is central toall development decisions, as the organization seeks to create a betterfuture for all.
A cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 ambition to diversify itseconomy, RSG is playing a key role in transforming the nation, bycreating exciting opportunities for young Saudi talent and the privatesector, as it develops built assets and destinations across multiplesectors that make a positive impact for people and planet.
RSG is the visionary company behind some of the world’s most ambitious development ventures, including luxury regenerative tourism destinations such as The Red Sea and AMAALA.
Across its portfolio, RSG leverages the most innovative concepts, strategies, and technologies to deliver projects that actively enhance the wellbeing of customers, communities, and environments.