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The Red Sea Development Company partners with KACST to provide satellite data of development sites

Sunday, 01.08.2021

 

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology Space and Aviation Research Institute will use Earth observation satellites to capture high-resolution data of The Red Sea Project sites every month

 

Riyadh, (01 Augest 2021): The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has partnered with The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to provide high resolution satellite data of key locations at The Red Sea Project.

The satellite imagery improves TRSDC’s ability to monitor The Red Sea Project, which covers around 28,000km2, allowing it to track construction progress while at the same time closely monitoring the environment for any unexpected changes, in order to respond appropriately if needed. 

 

Given our ambition is to enhance the environment, gaining reliable, detailed and timely visual insights is crucial to understanding how our development progress is affecting the precious habitats at the destination,


said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.

He added: “Through this partnership with KACST we are able to monitor key assets, both built and natural, during the construction phase which will significantly support our efforts to deliver a regenerative approach to tourism development." 

KACST will use the National Center of Remote Technology (NCRST) to capture high-resolution data of The Red Sea Project’s development sites every month. The imagery will be color-balanced, georeferenced, orthorectified, with (NCRST) using satellites GeoEye-1, Worldview and Pleiades to capture images. 

The satellite data will then be integrated into TRSDC’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Building Information Models (BIM) to provide seamless access to the imagery for TRSDC’s planning, engineering and environmental departments.

 

Specifically, TRSDC’s GIS department will overlay the latest masterplans and detailed designs onto the satellite data to monitor progress and detect clashes. 

The data will also be used to identify optimal routes/sites for construction activities in addition to becoming an invaluable addition to monthly progress reports.

Dr.Talal A. Alsedairy,  Director of Space & Aeronautics Research Institute at KACST said: “TRSDC is developing the premier global destination for barefoot luxury, and their regenerative approach to tourism development is already creating new, environmentally sustainable opportunities for the Saudi people. We’re very excited to become an important part of its construction. Remote Sensing Center (NCRST) is ready to support TRSDC and provide world-class satellite imagery of its project area that will enable it to gain deeper insights into how construction is progressing and what impact its work is having on the surrounding environment.”

The Red Sea Project has already passed numerous significant milestones and work is on track to welcome the first guests next year when the international airport and the first hotels will open. All 16 hotels planned in Phase I will be open by the end of 2023.  

Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will comprise 50 hotels, 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 a luxury marina, 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 500 contracts signed to date, worth some SAR 16 bn ($4.2bn).

The 100-hectare Landscape Nursery, which will provide more than 15 million plants for the destination, is now fully operational. There are more than 6,000 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, 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.

The 100-hectare Landscape Nursery, which will provide more than 15 million plants for the destination, is now fully operational. There are more than 6,000 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, 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.