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The Master Plan

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, with the opening of a base camp that will oversee the installation of temporary roads, jetties and a bridge connecting the hub island to the shore. Also under development is a residential complex for the construction labour force and a management village to coordinate the development work.

Phase One of the Project, due to be completed in 2022, will see the construction of 14 luxury and hyper-luxury hotels across five islands and two inland resorts, providing more than 3,000 hotel rooms. Alongside, will be a new airport, a yacht marina, leisure and lifestyle facilities, as well as supporting logistics and utilities infrastructure, including 75km of new roads.

The destination is expected to be fully completed by 2030, offering 8,000 hotel rooms across island resorts, mountain retreats and desert hideaways.

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.

Enabling works are underway at the Red Sea Project, with work beginning on the labour and management villages as well as temporary transportation infrastructure. Construction of assets within the destination is expected to begin in 2H 2019 with Phase One due for completion in 2022. The destination is expected to be fully completed by 2030.
Enabling works are underway at the Red Sea Project, with work beginning on the labour and management villages as well as temporary transportation infrastructure. Construction of assets within the destination is expected to begin in 2H 2019 with Phase One due for completion in 2022. The destination is expected to be fully completed by 2030.
2022
2030
Island Island
5
Islands developed
Hotels Hotels
14
Hotels
Inland Inland
2
Inland sites
Rooms Rooms
3,100
Rooms
Island Island
22
Islands developed
Hotels Hotels
48
Hotels
Inland Inland
6
Inland sites
Rooms Rooms
8000
Rooms
Timeline

The unprecedented scales of planning and construction of The Red Sea Project mean that the development is constantly moving forwards. New partnerships are being formed, contracts signed, milestones reached. For the latest information and to monitor our progress, check this website and revisit these pages regularly.

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31 Jul 2017

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Announces the Launch of ‘The Red Sea’ project as an international tourist destination as part of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision

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27 May 2018

The Red Sea Development Company is registered as a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). John Pagano appointed as Chief Executive Officer.

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17 Sep 2018

The Red Sea Development Company Announces Global Advisory Board comprising regional and international leaders in business, tourism, environmental sustainability and conservation.

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12 Dec 2018


HM King Salman and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Chairman of The Red Sea Development Company, received a team from TRSDC led by CEO John Pagano, who presented to them the masterplan.

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22 Jan 2019


Red Sea Project Master Plan wins seal of approval from the Board of Directors.

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13 Feb 2019

The Red Sea Development Company and KAUST unveil groundbreaking approach to conservation and development planning.

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27 Feb 2019

Construction underway on The Red Sea Project Site. Base Camp kicks off the enabling works which will oversee construction of essential infrastructure for the development.

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08 Apr 2019

The Red Sea Development Company Awards Contract for a 100 hectare Landscape Nursery

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22 May 2019

Saudia, GACA support The Red Sea Development Company Employee Site Visit

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06 Jun 2019

The Red Sea Development Company and KAUST launch the Brains for Brine Challenge

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