Following a competitive tendering process, The Red Sea Development Company in Saudi Arabia has awarded the design contract for the destination’s international airport to Foster + Partners.
The travel hub, which will have an eco-friendly and sustainable design, will aim to serve one million annual tourists by 2030. It is expected to reach completion in 2022 and will offer a schedule of both domestic and international flights, with a peak of 900 passengers per hour.
CEO, The Red Sea Development Company, John Pagano remarked: “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.”
Also commenting was head of studio, Foster + Partners, Gerard Evenden: “The Red Sea Airport has been envisaged as a gateway to one of the most unique resorts in the world and an integral part of the visitor experience. Inspired by the colours and textures of the desert landscape, the design seeks to create a calm and luxurious journey through the terminal and will become a transit hub for visitors coming in by both land and air. We look forward to working with the Red Sea Development Company to fulfil the vision for this ambitious one-of-a-kind project.”
The Red Sea Project, which is expecting to receive its first guests by the end of 2022, is a new luxury destination located at of the world’s last natural hidden treasures on the Red Sea. It will work to position the KSA on the global tourism map.
As well as the airport, the first phase of development entails up to 14 hotels contributing 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites, as well as commercial, retail and leisure facilities and other infrastructure.
By the year 2030, the destination will deliver up to 8,000 hotel rooms across 22 islands and six inland sites.