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Launch of Red Sea Art Competition in Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea Development Company, which is developing one of the most ambitious renewable tourism projects in the world, has launched the Red Sea Art Competition to highlight the diverse natural beauty that characterizes the Red Sea project area through authentic Saudi artworks.

The competition confirms the efforts of the Red Sea Development Company on the importance of benefiting from, supporting, and empowering local expertise and skills by providing a platform to display their artistic works to the destination’s visitors, and enriching the hospitality and luxury ecotourism industry with Saudi artwork. The best artwork will be selected and used in the interior design of Staff City’s Administrative Hotel, which has 144 rooms and is slated to open in April 2021.

In this context, Red Sea Development Company CEO John Pagano commented, “We are pleased to launch this unique competition, which aims to document the diverse environmental beauty of the Red Sea coast. Through this initiative, we aim to invest in national talents and Saudi artists, and provide an opportunity for them to be an active part in developing the destination and enriching it with original artistic works.”

Adults and children can register and share their artworks from November 29 to December 24, 2020. The competition includes a wide range of artistic categories and media, such as photography, weaving, drawing and calligraphy. The artwork of fifteen winners will be displayed at the Staff City Administrative Hotel, and the winners will be crowned with monetary and commemorative awards.

Entries will be shortlisted and judged from December 27, 2020 to January 20, 2021, and the winners will be announced on January 21, 2021.

In this context, Pagano said, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is distinguished by its natural beauty, especially our distinguished destination with its unique environmental diversity, pristine islands and rich marine life. We realize that national talents and local artists are the best and most capable of demonstrating this natural beauty through the mediums of their choice.”

The competition comes as one of the efforts of the Red Sea Development Company to involve Saudi youth and the local community in the project. The company recently concluded a sustainable architecture competition, through which it invited Saudi architects to participate and submit their innovative designs for the community center building in the Red Sea project.

In December of this year, the Red Sea Development Company celebrates the graduation of the first batch of its elite graduate program, in addition to the completion of the regular students in the Red Sea Scholarship Program for their first year of their academic trip in the field of international hospitality management at the University of Prince Muqrin in Medina with accreditation from the Swiss College of Lausanne.

The Red Sea project will welcome its first batch of visitors by the end of 2022. The first phase of the project includes 16 luxury hotels providing 3,000 hotel rooms on five islands and two resorts on the mainland, in addition to a yacht marina, entertainment centers, an international airport, and public and logistical facilities. Work is underway at the destination through the development of infrastructure and housing for workers and personnel assigned to manage the construction and development operations at the project headquarters.