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New Saudi Red Sea airport contracts awarded

Posted 16 July 2020 · Add Comment

Saudi developers have let a fast turnaround major contract to build a new international airport for a 100% sustainable tourist resort on the Red Sea.

The Red Sea International airportin Saudi (Image Red Sea Development)

The Red Sea Development Company is developing the  tourism project, - part of an initiative from Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman - has awarded contracts for an international airport.
Prince Mohammad ‘s project is hoping to attract tourists to visit and explore the Saudi western coast.
The contract has been awarded to a joint venture between Nesma & Partners Contracting and Almabani General Contractors, following a competitive tendering process.
The contract covers the essential construction of airside infrastructure work, including the design and building of a 3.7km Code F runway, Code B seaplane runway, parallel and link taxiways and pavements.
It also includes the construction of aeronautical navigational aids, aerodrome ground lighting, airside utilities, helipads, roads, and associated buildings.
CEO John Pagano said: “The Red Sea Development Company is making huge progress in the development of a world leading destination and by awarding our largest contract to date, we take another significant step in this direction while demonstrating our ongoing commitment to creating opportunities within the Saudi Arabian construction sector.”
The airport design has come from Foster + Partners. Land levelling work is currently underway to prepare the airport for development.
“This award marks the start of our exciting partnership with The Red Sea Development Company, who are on track to deliver a world-class sustainable giga-project in support of Saudi Vision 2030. We are proud to be selected to contribute to the development of the Red Sea International Airport which we believe will play a key role in the transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by welcoming up to one million visitors per year to the destination by 2030,” said Rami Alturki, Vice Chairman & Board the entire infrastructure of The Red Sea Project, including its transport network, will be powered by 100% renewable energy. The eco-friendly airport design focuses on using shaded areas and natural ventilation to minimize the reliance on air conditioning.
Once complete, the airport will serve an estimated one million tourists per year catering to both domestic and international flights. Envisaged as a unique and iconic airport, it will provide an unforgettable aviation experience for travellers and guests. In addition to the dedicated airport, the first phase of the development includes sixteen hotels offering 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites, as well as commercial, retail and leisure facilities and other infrastructure.
It is expected to open for fights towards the end of 2022.
 

Contract signing for new international airport  (Picture: Red Sea Development)

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