Photos show progress on Red Sea project in Saudi Arabia, guests expected in 2023


Images shared by Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) CEO John Pagano show significant progress being made at the Ummahat Islands Reserve site.

Home to Nujama, part of the luxury hotel chain Ritz Carlton’s Reserve Collection, the 82-key resort will welcome guests in 2023, according to Pagano.

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The property joins one of only five Ritz-Carlton reservations in the world, according to information on the hotelier’s website – in Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

“Reserve properties are nestled in hand-picked corners of the world, with chic, relaxed and intimate settings that weave indigenous flavors with highly responsive and individualized service,” Ritz-Carlton said in information available at the hurry.

Nujuma will be located on a collection of private islands, which are part of the Blue Hole group of islands in the Red Sea. It is expected to include a spa, swimming pools, several culinary venues, a retail area, and a variety of other leisure and entertainment offerings, including a conservation center.

Images shared by Pagano show the extended arms of the island with many of the housing’s outer shells already in place.

Progress on the Ummahat Islands of the Red Sea Project. (Twitter)

The island’s iconic circular extension, which is expected to act as a walkway to the rooms over the water, is also taking shape in an aerial image.

Progress on the Ummahat Islands of the Red Sea Project.  (Twitter)

Progress on the Ummahat Islands of the Red Sea Project. (Twitter)

In March, more than 85 off-site fabricated beach and overwater villas were fabricated and assembled on-site. Together, these resorts will offer 172 hotel keys, TRSDC said in a statement.

When completed in 2030, the Red Sea island destination will offer up to 8,000 hotel rooms across 22 islands and six inland locations, according to a statement from TRSDC in 2020.

The Red Sea Project is a tourist destination along the western coast of Saudi Arabia and one of three giga-projects announced by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in 2017.

It is designed to become a luxury tourist destination that will embrace nature, culture and adventure, while setting new standards in sustainability. The project spans 28,000 square kilometers on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast.

The GCC is expected to house more than one million hotel rooms by 2026 – with Saudi Arabia holding the largest share – as the region’s tourism industry grows, according to a report by consultancy Colliers International.

Saudi Arabia aims to welcome more than 70 million tourists this year after attracting 62 million last year, a tourism official told Reuters in May, highlighting the Kingdom’s concerted efforts to boost its travel industry.

The Kingdom has in recent years begun to promote leisure travel as part of a strategy to diversify the economy away from oil, led by the crown prince.

With Reuters

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