Rea Sea project includes the transformation of 22 islands off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea into luxurious resorts. The 28,000 km2 area of islands will include beaches, tourist attractions, residences, hotels, recreational facilities, an airport and will host over 1 million tourists annually. It is estimated that the attempt will increase the country's GDP by $5.86 billion and create up to 70,000 new jobs.
The project will be carried out in 2 phases. Phase 1 will be completed by 2022 and will include the construction of two inland facilities and 14 hotels with 3.000 rooms on five islands. Phase 2 is planned to be completed in 2030.
The leader firm of the project, Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), in cooperation with WATG, Buro Hapold and other international architecture companies, has recently received the approval of the board of directors to realize the attempt.
“The design concepts that we have presented to the Board will provide visitors with a uniquely diverse, immersive experience while setting new standards in sustainable development, and positioning Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map. With the master plan approved, we are now identifying investors and partners who are interested in working with us on realizing the objectives of the project and who share our commitment to enhance, not exploit, the natural ecosystems that make the destination so unique,” the chief executive of TRSDC, John Pagano, stated.
The design had to be re-evaluated in order to comply with environmental and ecological standards. 75% of the islands will be preserved for conservation while 9 of them will be marked as sites of important ecological value. Moreover, the contractors will utilize sensors and monitoring devices to measure alterations in factors like temperature, tidal flows and visibility in the surrounding environment. TRSDC committed to eliminate landfill wastes, discharges to the sea and plastic usage while achieving a 100% carbon neutrality.