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Red Sea Global achieves first-ever successful transplantation of native Doum Palm Trees at its Regenerative Destination


06 Feb 2023


Red Sea Global achieves first-ever successful transplantation of native Doum Palm Trees at its Regenerative Destination


06 Feb 2023


  • Initiative part of commitment to protecting and enhancing nature and landscaping destinations with native species.
  • Closely aligned with the Saudi Green Initiative goals for the Kingdom.

Riyadh, (6 February, 2023): Red Sea Global (RSG), the developer behind two of the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations, The Red Sea and Amaala, has successfully completed the first ever successful translocation of doum palm trees. 

The initiative closely aligns with the national objectives of the Saudi Green Initiative, while reducing over-reliance on importing foreign species of plants. 

The complex nature of the doum’s tap root system makes safely extracting, moving and re-planting the tree a uniquely tricky botanical operation. To overcome the challenges, RSG designed and fabricated custom-made lifting gear to ensure the root systems remained intact and the maximum volume of surrounding soil could be collected. 


"While others would be satisfied to develop at the cost of nature, or to import expensive, fully matured plants as a shortcut to beautiful landscaping, we are constantly pushing ourselves to do things differently, to behave responsibly in a way that prioritizes people and planet,"
Raed Albasseet, Group Chief Environment and Sustainability Officer at RSG.


“Achieving this feat required innovative thinking, new engineering methods and techniques, and collaboration across industries and specialties. It was not easy, but by challenging ourselves, we now have a model for transplantation that can be replicated again and again. That is good for nature, good for our guests, and ultimately good for our business.”  

Albasseet added.


The historic trial, which is part of RSG efforts to protect nature and where possible enhance biodiversity, saw three Doum trees near Umluj that were at risk from urban expansion or drought moved to the Turtle Bay Hotel at The Red Sea. The journey took seven days in June 2022, covering distances of up to 70km.

Tarik Alabbasi, Environmental Programs Director at RSG, said: “No scientific literature globally investigated the challenges of transplanting the doum tree. We had to develop and test our own, customized methodologies, procedures and tools to safely transplant these mature sized doum palms.”  

A key aspiration for RSG is achieving a 30 percent net conservation benefit by 2040 through the protection and enhancement of key habitats crucial to biodiversity. It regularly conducts environmental surveys of wildlife ecosystems to track impacts and improvements, to optimize its approach and ensure it reaches its regenerative goals, including a largescale Baseline Survey effort for which results were shared last year.

In addition, RSG releases an annual sustainability report as part of its commitment to transparency and sharing lessons learned with the world.

RSG’s flagship project, The Red Sea, is on track to welcome its first guests in 2023, when the international airport and the first hotels will open. Amaala will be opened to visitors soon after in 2024.

About Red Sea Global

Red Sea Global (RSG - is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. It is a vertically integrated real estate developer with a diverse portfolio across tourism, residential, experiences, infrastructure, transport, healthcare, and services. This includes the luxury regenerative tourism destinations The Red Sea, which began welcoming guests in 2023, and AMAALA, which remains on track to welcome first guests in 2025. A third destination, Thuwal Private Retreat, will open this year, and RSG has also been entrusted with refurbishment works at Al Wajh Airport, focused on upgrading the existing terminal and infrastructure, and building a new international terminal. RSG is a cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s ambition to diversify its economy. Across its growing portfolio of destinations, subsidiaries, and businesses, RSG seeks to lead the world towards a more sustainable future, showing how responsible development can uplift communities, drive economies, and enhance the environment.

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.

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