Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group

Regional Project of the Month – The Red Sea Project International Airport

The pandemic may have put leisure travel mostly on hold for 2020, but Saudi Arabia is looking to the future of its most ambitious tourism project to date with heightened anticipation this year. The Red Sea Project is a vast public-private undertaking to unlock the tourism potential of the west coast of Saudi Arabia by developing over 28,000km2 featuring some of the country’s most idyllic areas of natural beauty. 

The flagship project is also to construct its very own airport, which is being built at record pace. The contracted companies involved estimate that the airport will be up and running within a mere two years, compared to the rough average of 10 years that you might expect in Europe for a project of this scale. 

Once completed, the airport will have an annual capacity of one million passengers, capable of servicing a peak of 900 passengers per hour. The airport is also being equipped to reliably handle smaller seaplanes and helicopters, to let visitors access many of the 90 islands of the nearby archipelago.

This airport represents an exciting new phase in the Red Sea Project itself, as well as igniting new hopes for the wider ongoing recovery of the Middle Eastern aviation industry, as it looks towards a post-pandemic future.