Southern Dunes

Southern Dunes

Architect
Foster + Partners
Location
Saudi Arabia | View Map
Project Year
2023
Category
Hotels

Southern Dunes

Foster + Partners as Architects

Southern Dunes fact sheet:
- Southern Dunes is one of two inland resorts to open as part of phase one
- Foster + Partners was appointed to design the hotel
- There will be 40 hotel villas across the resort location
- Development plans also include restaurant and central hotel buildings, interlinked with new infrastructure

 

The Red Sea Development Company:
1. The Red Sea Project has already passed significant milestones and work is on track to welcome the first guests by the end of 2022, when the international airport and the first hotels will open. All 16 hotels planned for phase one will open by end of 2023.

2. Upon completion in 2030, the destination will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment and leisure facilities.

3. John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC said:
- “The Red Sea Development Company has made significant progress in terms of the design and construction of key infrastructure to enable the development of hotel assets.”
- “It is exciting to award these contracts, which signify the start of a new phase for us as we move into the build of our stunning resorts both inland and on one of our key islands.”
4. Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio at Foster  Partners:
- "How do you bring people to these places where nobody has been before? And how do you bring people into those places without damaging anything?"
- "It is about constructing more of the environment and about building on what was there long term as opposed to destruction. It was the light touch, non-damaging approach, and that has led through the whole of the design from beginning to end, and that is what we continue to strive towards."
- "What is very important about anything sustainable is two things: one is giving people choices. And the second thing is looking at what the resultant reaction of what you do will be. So, when we looked at the islands our approach was to have a light touch. As light as we could possibly be."

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