Construction contract to a Greek company
The bridge was commissioned by the Greek contracting company Archirodon, a leading maritime construction company. The bridge is part of a 3.3-kilometer crossing that connects various island communities to the Red Sea. He said a major phase of the Red Sea tourism project would be completed with the construction of the Shuraira Bridge. John Pagano said the company would award hundreds of contracts worth 20 billion riyals over the next two years as part of the plan.
The project will be implemented by conserving nature
Pagano said the Red Sea tourism project is a way of linking tourism and nature conservation. The bridge will be constructed without obstructing the movement of large sea creatures. The bridge will be constructed in a manner that does not endanger the nature and habitat of the island community. Manufacturers have developed antiquated systems to prevent materials used for piling work from mixing with the sea. Dennis Carapiperis, CEO of the Archirodon Group, said the bridge would be designed in a way that would not compromise the complex habitat of the archipelago.
The first phase is by the end of next year
Of the more than 90 island communities in the Red Sea, only 22 have plans for tourism. The most important of these are the Shurairah Island communities. The plan is to keep the rest of the islands intact. Officials estimate that by the end of 2022, the international airport and hotels under construction here will be a reality. With this, the Red Sea tourism project will be opened to tourists. The first phase of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2023, will see the construction of 16 luxury hotels. The Red Sea project, which is considered to be Saudi Arabia’s flagship project, is estimated to cost 3,000 crore riyals by 2023. With the completion of the Red Sea Tourism project in 2030, 50 hotels with 8000 rooms and 1300 residential properties will be ready here.
The dream project of the Saudi Crown Prince
The Red Sea Tourism Project aims to make Saudi Arabia a global tourist destination. It is also the dream project of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. With the completion of the first phase, the project is expected to attract three lakh tourists a year, said John Pagano, CEO of the project. With the completion of the project, it will be around Rs 10 lakh. He added that with the end of the Kovid restrictions, tourists are expected to return with greater vigor. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy diving through the coral reefs and marine vegetation around the islands bordering the Red Sea and to experience the natural beauty and heritage sites of the region. Boats and seaplanes are available here for tourists.
The Red Sea project covers 34,000 square kilometers
The Red Sea project begins in a vast area off the west coast. The tourist attraction includes heritage sites including Madain Saleh, western mountain ranges, protected natural areas, inanimate volcanoes, beaches and islands. The project area stretches from Umlaj to Alvaj, north of the main port city of Yampu. To this end, a 200-kilometer stretch of coastline in the province of Tabuk will be developed in a state-of-the-art manner. The project area is estimated to be 34,000 square kilometers. Resorts and leisure centers will be set up on the islands, which are not too far from the coast. Special airports, ports, hotels, luxury residential units and transport facilities will be implemented in the first phase of the project.