07 Nov 2019

Foster + Partners to design The Red Sea Project’s airport

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) – the developer behind an ambitious tourism development project that is set to significantly elevate Saudi Arabia’s tourism prowess – has awarded the design contract for the destination’s international airport to Foster + Partners.

The innovative aviation hub, which is set to serve the one million annual tourists and visitors expected by 2030, is due for completion in 2022. Upon its inauguration, it will feature a unique, eco-friendly and sustainable design, inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and representing the ultimate vision of The Red Sea Project. 

John Pagano, CEO, The Red Sea Development Company commented on this major announcement: “Awarding the contract for the design of our airport is an important milestone and the first of the underlying infrastructure projects of the destination.

“Foster + Partners and their engineering subconsultant, WSP Global, have demonstrated their ability to deliver projects in line with world-class development and our sustainability standards. We look forward to collaborating with them to develop an innovative design that will enhance the visitor experience, meet our sustainability goals and enable us to deliver an airport for the future,” he concluded. 

A new luxury offering in one of the world’s last natural hidden treasures on The Red Sea, The Red Sea Project will position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map. The exquisite destination includes an archipelago of 90 untouched natural islands, dormant volcanoes, sweeping desert landscapes, beautiful mountains, rich nature and inspiring culture, and will exceed expectations with the highest standards of service excellence underpinned by technology.

The Red Sea Project is expecting to welcome its first guests by the end of 2022. In addition to the dedicated airport, the first phase of the development will include up to 14 hotels offering 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites, as well as commercial, retail and leisure facilities and other infrastructure.

Upon completion in 2030, the destination will deliver up to 8,000 hotel rooms across 22 islands and six inland sites. The annual number of visitors will be carefully managed to avoid over-tourism.