Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Time Magazine: Saudi nature on the Red Sea .. Untouched ‎tourist adventure


Creating an entirely new destination from scratch is no easy feat, but owning a vast area of scenic – and largely untouched – landscapes is a good place to start, according to Time Magazine.  ‏

From this standpoint, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia aims to attract 100 million visitors annually by 2030 with a mixture of newly developed mega projects and ancient heritage sites, and the year 2023 will witness the emergence of the first phase of the Red Sea International Company project to light, which will serve as a destination to attract million visitors annually.

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A brand in the tourism industry with an area of about 10,800 square miles, including coastal and desert areas, with a plan for the “Red Sea International” company owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, to manage the project with 100% renewable energy, and includes a plan to make the world’s largest certified Dark Sky Reserve.

Ongoing coastal activities along the 125 miles of coastline will include kayaking among mangroves, sailing among 90 Red Sea islands (22 of which will be developed), snorkeling in largely unexplored waters, and diving into a 300-year-old wooden shipwreck.

On land, visitors can hike across granite hills, mountain bike through lava fields, and track migratory birds.

Three hotels are set to open this year, including the 76-room Six Senses Southern Dunes Resort overlooking an ancient trade route, alongside the company’s usual focus on wellness activities.

The resort also extends on the two islands of “Mothers”, separated by the Blue Hole in deep waters, and the first floating villas in the Kingdom will also be opened in the resort of St. Regis Red Sea with 90 rooms and Hotel Nujuma with 82 rooms.

The Red Sea International Airport will open for domestic flights in 2023, while it will receive international flights in 2024.