Two Saudi firms to build Foster + Partners airport for huge Red Sea tourism scheme

A joint venture between two Saudi Arabian contractors – Nesma & Partners and Almabani General Contractors – will carry out airside infrastructure works for The Red Sea Development Company’s (TRSDC) international airport.

The contract covers design and building of:

  • A 3,700m runway;
  • Seaplane runway;
  • Parallel and linked taxiways and pavement works;
  • Aeronautical navigational aids;
  • Aerodrome ground lighting;
  • Helipads;
  • Work on associated roads and building.

By 2030, the airport is expected to handle a million visitors a year to the Red Sea Project, which will be developed over 28,000 sq km of mountainous desert on Saudi Arabia’s west coast, including an archipelago of more than 90 islands.

Foster + Partners were announced as the designers of the airport in October 2019.

The airport is due to open in 2022.

The Red Sea Project is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, aiming to curb the country’s reliance on oil and diversify into other sectors, such as tourism.

John Pagano, TRSDC’s chief executive, 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."

Images courtesy of the Red Sea Development Company

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