The Master Plan

The masterplan has been developed in partnership with WATG and Buro Happold, and includes unique design concepts from some of the world’s most prominent architecture firms.

Essential enabling infrastructure is already underway at the destination. There are now 80km of new roads complete, including the new airport road, to better connect the destination. The Construction Village, set to house 10,000 workers, is now open and development is progressing well at the Coastal Village, which will be home to around 14,000 people who will eventually work at the destination.

Phase One of the Project has already passed numerous significant milestones and work is on track to welcome the first guests by the end of 2022, when the international airport and the first few hotels will open. All 16 hotels planned in Phase 1 will be opening by the end of 2023. 

Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will comprise some 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands resorts, mountain retreats and desert hideaways. The destination will include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, and leisure facilities.

Luxury residential properties and commercial, retail and recreational facilities will also be available.

To protect and enhance the destination’s pristine natural environment, we will leave 75 percent of the destination’s islands undeveloped, and have designated nine as sites of significant ecological value.

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The master plan was informed by a comprehensive marine spatial planning simulation, the largest ever undertaken, to model the environmental impact of the development and operation of the destination. Based on the simulation and the amendments made to the master plan in light of the findings, we are targeting a net positive conservation impact of up to 30 percent over the next two decades. 

Specific initiatives in place to protect, preserve and enhance the environment include a 100 percent reliance on renewable energy, a total ban on single use plastics, zero waste-to-landfill and an aspiration to 100 percent carbon neutrality. Where technical solutions do not yet exist for other sustainability challenges, we will seek to develop them. 

We will also be carefully managing visitor numbers to reduce over-tourism and the negative environmental impact that may result.

An extensive smart destination management system will allow us to closely monitor the impact of operations on the natural environment to ensure that we deliver on our uncompromising commitment to sustainable development.

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At 28,000 square kilometres, the Red Sea Project on the Western coast of Saudi Arabia between the cities of Umluj and Al Wajh is one of the most ambitious tourism development projects ever.

It includes 200km of coastline and an archipelago of 90 untouched islands, dormant volcanoes, desert, mountains, natural treasures and a rich variety of wildlife. The Red Sea is one of the world’s most exquisite marine environments.

Conveniently located within an eight-hour flight of 80 percent of the world’s population, the area offers the perfect combination of luxury, tranquility and outdoor wellness pursuits to meet the evolving needs of the modern luxury traveler.

In addition, the area is steeped in cultural history. The destination is crisscrossed by ancient trade and caravan routes. Rock carvings and petroglyphs stand mute testament to the destination’s extensive heritage.