As part of its sustainability policy, Saudi Arabia wants to make the Red Sea tourism project an emblem of its commitment to ecosystem preservation by featuring biofuels.
The Saudi tourism project stretches over 200 kilometers along the shores of the Red Sea, encompassing an archipelago of over 90 islands with a total area of 28,000 square kilometers. This green and environmentally friendly initiative not only aims to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s position on the global tourism map, but also to establish itself as a standard-setting power in renewable tourism.
Sustainable development: a Saudi priority
The kingdom’s mega-destination plans to power its facilities with biofuel generators, including solar. In partnership with Germany’s MAN Energy Solutions, the Red Sea Development Company will establish 25 sets of generators with a generating capacity of 112 megawatts. The Saudi company intends to make the site a symbol of the kingdom’s commitment to investing in clean energy resources.
In pursuit of the Vision 2030 efforts, boosting green industries as well as creating jobs and attracting private investment in the sector are moving Saudi Arabia away from its dependence on fossil fuels. Last month, the Saudi government unveiled a new strategy for the National Development Fund, which aims to make the sustainable development goals an integrated national financial institution.
Saudi Arabia a new must-see tourist destination
For several years now, the most developed economy in the Arab world has invested heavily in infrastructure construction, mainly around the Red Sea project. By the end of the year, the site’s new international airport should allow its first visitors to enjoy the destination. More than 80 kilometers of new roads and bridges have been built for this purpose. As for hotels, the 16 planned establishments, comprising 8,000 rooms, and 1,000 residential properties should be up and running by the end of 2023. On the recreational side, marinas, golf courses, commercial facilities are planned.