Red Sea Global and Kingdom Holding Company sign a 2bn SR Joint Venture
The 50/50 JV will develop and own the Four Seasons Resort Red Sea at Shura Island.
Riyadh, 24 October, 2023: Red Sea Global (RSG), the multi-project developer behind the world's most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations, The Red Sea and Amaala, has announced the successful completion of an investment deal with Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), a prominent global investment company headquartered in Saudi Arabia.
The SAR 2bn Joint Venture (JV) brings together RSG and KHC in a 50/50 partnership to develop and own the Four Seasons Resort Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, expected to open in early 2025. The highly anticipated luxury resort is situated on Shura Island, the main hub island at The Red Sea destination. It will offer 149 rooms and suites, plus 31 residential properties, as well as six restaurants and lounge outlets, meeting and events spaces, a marine discovery center, and a Kids For All Seasons space.
Eng. Talal Ibrahim Almaiman, CEO at Kingdom Holding Company, said: " We are proud to partner with RSG in the execution of one of the Kingdom’s most exciting projects and look forward to creating value for our respective shareholders. This investment will form part of our broader strategy on further investments in the Saudi Arabian high growth market.”
Shura Island will be home to 11 resorts in total, and will include residential properties, an 18hole championship golf course, a 118-berth marina, and an exceptional retail, dining, and entertainment experience.
The collaboration between RSG and KHC comes at a time when tourism in the Kingdom is experiencing remarkable growth. Tourism's share of GDP has already shot from a modest 3% to an impressive 7% since the launch of Vision 2030. The original target of hosting an astounding 100 million visitors a year by 2030 has been increased to 150 million because of the remarkable progress already made by developers such as RSG.
Sarmad Zok, CEO at Kingdom Hotel Investments (UK) ltd, a subsidiary of KHC, said: “The Four Seasons resort and residential project will set an exemplary milestone in terms of sustainable tourism along Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea ecosystem. The RSG team has a tremendous execution track record, and we are particularly drawn to the fact that our partners have embedded ESG to the core of their development vision. We are proud to contribute to its realization.“
Gregory Djerejian, Group Head of Investments and Legal at RSG, said: "Achieving this investment deal with Kingdom Holding Company is a testament to the confidence of the private sector in our destinations. Together, we are pioneering a new era in regenerative tourism."
Earlier this month The Red Sea welcomed its first guests. Two of its hotels are open for bookings and the Red Sea International Airport is receiving a regular schedule of flights. Upon full completion in 2030, the destination will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination also includes luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, F&B, and leisure facilities.
About Red Sea Global
Red Sea Global (RSG - www.redseaglobal.com) is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) ofSaudi Arabia.
RSG is a global multi-project developer, seeking to lead the world towards a more sustainable future, showing how responsible and regenerative development can uplift communities, drive economies, and enhance the environment. The protection of natural capital is central to all development decisions, as the organization seeks to create abetter future for all.
A cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 ambition to diversify its economy, RSG is playing a key role in transforming the nation, by creating exciting opportunities for young Saudi talent and the private sector, as it develops built assets and destinations across multiple sectors 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.