His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Red Sea Development Company, launched the “Coral Bloom” design vision for the main island of the Red Sea project.
The Red Sea Development Company, is the company developing one of the most ambitious renewable tourism projects in the world, revealed the designs finalized by the British company, “Foster and Partners,” in order to blend in with the pristine natural environment of the main island.
John Pagano, the CEO of the Red Sea Development Company, said: “We expect visitors to be dazzled when they first arrive at the Red Sea project, as they will be awaiting an extremely immersive luxury experience. The designs of Coral Bloom, inspired by the flora and fauna indigenous to the Kingdom, herald by making these vision a tangible reality.”
He added, “A sinister island is the main gateway to the Red Sea project, so it is very important to set exceptional standards for innovative engineering and sustainable design, not only in our destination, but also globally.
The design vision for a sinister island revolves around considerations of biological diversity, as mangroves and other habitats will be preserved as natural lines of defense against erosion,” he elaborated, adding, “and in addition to this, new habitats will be developed through landscaped gardens to improve the natural condition of the island.
The design vision also covers the 11 resorts and hotels slated for construction on the island, as they are designed to keep pace with the aspirations of travelers after the Covid-19 pandemic, including the provision of wider spaces; and more integration into the natural landscape, to bled these hotels with the surrounding sand dunes, which enhances the natural beauty of the island.
The design also includes the construction of new beaches on the dolphin-like island, in addition to a new lake, and these improvements contribute to raising the level of the island’s land, in order to provide a buffer against the threat of a rise in sea level.
These changes will preserve or improve the features of the island without harming the local habitat and natural beaches.
It is planned that Sinister Island will include 11 resorts and hotels operated by a number of the most famous global hospitality brands, and the natural landscape will be used to give a dramatic effect to these facilities, especially since all the hotels and villas on the island are made up of one-story levels which are integrated with the sand dunes.
The sand dunes ensure the preservation of the surrounding landscapes without any hindrance to obscure vision.
It creates a sense of mystery among the guests with the designs of resorts and hotels. It take into account the requirements of travelers. It does not include any interior corridors, for example, in light of the growing demand for spacious and secluded spaces after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The resorts will be constructed using light construction materials with low thermal mass and manufactured off-site, achieving higher energy efficiency and lower environmental impact.
Gerard Evenden, studio manager at Foster & Partners, said: “We were inspired by our vision of an island from its natural state.
The materials we use and their low environmental impact protect the island’s pristine environment, while the additions help enhance its existing natural features – hence the name “Coral Bloom” (meaning “coral blossoming”).”
The Red Sea Development Company is committed to achieving 30% environmental conservation by 2040, and thus the company is developing the largest battery storage system in the world, allowing the entire site to operate with renewable energy 24 hours a day. This includes establishing central district cooling plants to ensure guest comfort throughout the destination.
The master plan of the Red Sea project is based on an expanded marine surveying planning and guarantees that 75% of the destination islands are not affected, and Shura is one of only 22 islands carefully selected for development.
Noteworthy, the Red Sea project has reached important milestones in the development plan. Work is underway to receive guests by the end of 2022 with the opening of the international airport, the first four hotels, and the remaining 12 hotels scheduled to be built within the first phase will be opened in 2023.
Upon completion in 2030, the Red Sea project will consist of 50 resorts and hotels providing up to 8,000 hotel rooms and about 1,300 residential properties distributed over 22 islands and six indoor sites. The destination will also include luxurious marinas, golf courses, and many leisure and recreation facilities.
The Red Sea Development Company
The Red Sea Development Company (www.theredsea.sa) is a closed joint stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its board of directors is chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince.
The company was established to lead the development of the “Red Sea Project,” which is a luxurious and renewable tourist destination that will create new standards for sustainable development, and realign the Kingdom on its path towards its goals.
The company was established to lead the development of the “Red Sea Project”, which is a luxurious and renewable tourist destination that will create new standards for sustainable development and place the Kingdom in a prominent position on the global tourism map.
The area of the project
The project will be developed on an area of 28,000 sqkm of pristine land on the western coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and includes an archipelago containing more than 90 virgin islands. The destination also includes picturesque mountains, dormant volcanoes, deserts, and cultural and heritage attractions.
And that’s not all, for it also includes hotels, residential units, and commercial and entertainment facilities. In addition to the infrastructure that relies on renewable energy, water conservation and reuse.
Development work is underway for the first phase, which includes the completion of the necessary infrastructure, which will be completed by the end of 2023.
The project has already taken important strides, as more than 500 contracts have been signed so far, amounting to 15 billion riyals ($4 billion).
The Red Sea Project nursery is now operating at full capacity, with an area of 100 hectares, and will provide more than 15 million seedlings to the destination.
More than 5,000 workers are currently employed in the project, and 70 km of road network has been constructed at the destination out of 80 km.
The workers ‘residential village, which will accommodate 10,000 workers, will be opened by the end of the first quarter of this year, and work is underway to develop the employees’ city as planned, which will accommodate about 14,000 employees, who will manage the destination in the future.