Saudi Arabia’s The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) — the developer of the kingdom’s 28,000km2 The Red Sea Project — has identified the location across four islands for its overwater assets.
The overwater assets include, villas, restaurants, and hotel arrival points for two hyper-luxury hotels, and one luxury each on Sheybarah South and Ummahat Al Shaykh islands.
TRSDC said that the location identification process was completed in three weeks in accordance with the destination’s approved master plan.
Speaking about the identification process, CEO of TRSDC, John Pagano, said: “The marking of locations for our overwater assets is another milestone reached for the project, and is indicative of the progress being made at the site.”
“This activity was an essential step in the identification of suitable locations which will allow our hotels and other assets to coexist in harmony with their surroundings while providing our visitors with an immersive experience and stunning views.”
According to TRSDC, the location identification process was mainly to reduce the impact of the existing environment and particularly invaluable coral reefs.
TRSDC also ensured the optimum spatial planning arrangement by locating assets in a way that the location works as a luxury resort development, and considering the challenging constructability constraints.
The developer of the kingdom’s gigaproject said that the placing of the buoys required careful coordination by the teams, which included locally-experienced boat captains to navigate among the coral reefs, along with the TRSDC construction team. As part of the process, an on-boat crew was picked to handle the buoys and concrete blocks, as well as surveyors, snorkelers, and scuba divers, were also called upon to ensure no corals were damaged in the process.
Talking about the challenging process, chief development officer of TRSDC, Ian Williamson, said: “This is a challenging and highly collaborative exercise that required the work of various teams to deliver, coupled with invaluable involvement from our boat captains who come from the local community and have navigated the lagoon waters for many years.
“It has provided an essential visual aid for the TRSDC Executive Management team and our global design teams to get a feel for the resort planning, proximity to the near shore islands and the customer experience.”
The site team deployed drones to take footage and mark their location using global positioning system (GPS) coordinates to enable the company’s executives, designers, and engineers to refine and conclude the master planning process, following the placement of the marker buoys.
Phase 1 of The Red Sea Project will include 14 luxury hotels with 3,000 rooms across five islands and two inland locations. It will also include entertainment facilities, an airport, and the necessary supporting logistics and utilities infrastructure. Meanwhile, the Red Sea Project will welcome its first guests by the end of 2022.
Construction work is on-going at the project with the development of supporting infrastructure and accommodation for the workforce and company employees deployed to manage construction.
Following completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will be home to 8,000 hotel rooms across 22 islands and six inland sites.
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