The Red Sea Development Company Awards Operations Contract For World-Class Coastal Village Hospital
The hospital will provide exceptional medical care for 14,000 employees and visitors, plus employment and educational opportunities for local Saudi nationals
(Riyadh, 17 March 2022): The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, announced today that it has awarded the operations contract for a major new hospital to the Steward alf Global Healthcare Company, a joint venture between Alf Healthcare, the health care arm of Saudi-based Alfanar, a renowned developer and operator of large-scale PPP projects, and leading international healthcare provider Steward Health Care International.
The Coastal Village Hospital, located in The Red Sea Project’s Coastal Village area, will provide world-class healthcare to the community of 14,000 people working in and around the 1.5 million m² waterfront site.
The Coastal Village is envisioned as a sustainable community of homes and amenities, complete with newly opened offices and a management hotel. It forms a central hub in which our employees can live, work and relax, and with the Coastal Village Hospital at its center, we can ensure an exceptional quality of life for our residents,
said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.
“Our people are our priority, and we care about the health and well-being of each and every employee. Steward alf Global Healthcare Company combines the local experience of Alfanar with international best practice from Steward Health Care International, guaranteeing the very best of medical care is provided.”
The hospital will offer primary and secondary care to residents of the Coastal Village and later to visitors of The Red Sea Project, including emergency care, family medicine, radiology, clinical support, women’s health, and pharmacy services.
A hyperbaric chamber will also be operated as an integrated part of the facility’s Emergency Department, enabling world-class primary treatment for diving accidents, such as decompression sickness, on site. As part of their operations, the Steward alf Global Healthcare Company will also support in the design, construction and commissioning of the hospital.
“The Red Sea project cements Steward International’s position as an ambitious, forward-facing company and a leader in global health care. Steward’s world-class provision of care will form an integral part of the facilities in this pioneering, luxury development in the Middle East”, says Dr Armin Ernst, President and CEO of Steward Health Care International.
“Steward International’s entry to the Middle East market is a key milestone for the company”, says Dr Ralph de la Torre, Executive Chairman of Steward Health Care International. “This agreement builds on Steward International’s track record of success in operating state of the art healthcare services, with a clear focus on quality and patient experience and a commitment to sustainability.”
The development maximizes employment opportunities for local Saudi nationals, as part of TRSDC’s broader alignment with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. With a mandate to develop local talent, Steward alf Global will provide continuous professional development, telemedicine, and community education for local Saudi residents.
Mr Sabah Al-Mutlaq, Vice Chairman of Alfanar, said: “TRSDC’s Coastal Village concept is ambitious, and we fully support its commitment to deliver exceptional standards of wellbeing for the destination’s employees and their families, who will live in the eco-village. We will work at pace with TRSDC to plan and deliver a truly world-class standard of primary and secondary care, with a focus on expanding long-term employment opportunities for local residents too.”
As part of the contract, Steward alf Global Healthcare Company will develop site-wide emergency response provision, ensuring the utmost safety of workers and visitors.
The hospital will be fully integrated with the wider healthcare offering in the region, with ongoing coordination with local and regional healthcare bodies. There will be direct road and marina links to key sites across The Red Sea Project, including the Desert Rock and Southern Dunes resorts as well as the surrounding islands.
TRSP has already passed significant milestones and work is on track to welcome the first guests by the end of this year, when the first hotels will open. Phase one, which includes 16 hotels in total, will complete in 2023.
Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project 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 will also include an international airport, luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, and leisure facilities.
About The Red Sea Development Company
The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC - www.theredsea.sa) is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. TRSDC was established to drive the development of The Red Sea Project, a luxury, regenerative tourism destination that will set new standards in sustainable development and position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.
The project is being developed over 28,000 km2 of pristine lands and waters along Saudi Arabia’s west coast and includes a vast archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands. The destination also features sweeping desert dunes, mountain canyons, dormant volcanoes, and ancient cultural and heritage sites. It is designed to include hotels, residential properties, leisure, commercial and entertainment amenities, as well as supporting infrastructure that emphasizes renewable energy and water conservation and re-use, as well as a circular waste management system to achieve zero waste to landfill.
Activity for the first phase of development is well underway and is on track to be completed by the end of 2023. The project has surpassed significant milestones, with over 800 contracts signed to date, worth over SAR 20 B ($5 bn).
The 100-hectare Landscape Nursery, which will provide approximately 25 million plants for The Red Sea Project and AMAALA, is now fully operational. There are more than 10,000 workers currently on-site and 80km of new roads are now complete, including the new airport road, to better connect the destination. The Construction Village 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.
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