Saudi’s Red Sea airport awards airside contract

Nesma & Partners and Almabani win tender to support the gateway designed to make Saudi Arabia a global tourism hotspot
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Developers of Saudi Arabia’s highly anticipated ultra-luxury, sustainable airport have awarded a tender for airside infrastructure works to local contractors Nesma & Partners and Almabani.

Set to open in 2022, the Red Sea International Airport will be the main point of entry to Saudi Arabia’s new tourism project, designed to make the Kingdom a global tourist hotspot and diversify the national economy.

The value of the contract is not known but by the end of the first half of 2020, The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) - the firm behind the airport - had awarded 4.1 billion SAR of contracts.

The contract covers the construction of airside infrastructure works, including the design and building of a Code F runway 3,700 meters, Code B seaplane runway, parallel and link taxiways and pavement works, aeronautical navigational aids, aerodrome ground lighting, airside utilities, helipads, roads and associated buildings.

“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,” said John Pagano, CEO of The Red Sea Development Company.

The design contract for the airport was awarded to Foster + Partners in October 2019. Its architecture is inspired by the surrounding landscape.

The schematic design stage NOC was received from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) earlier this year. The location of Red Sea International Airport was accepted along with its airside master plan, and its orientation of 15/33, was approved. Additionally, GACA approved the conceptual airspace and aeronautical studies that draw the approach path for flights bound for the airport, domestically and internationally.

In line with the company’s sustainability goals, 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 minimise 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.

Joseph Daher, CEO at Almabani, said: “For this project we will mobilise our most experienced airport resources and qualified experts to ensure we meet our customer’s expectation, and we are ready for the challenging delivery period, especially during this tough sanitary crisis currently affecting the entire globe.”

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