Red Sea Global appoints Reem Emirates Saudi for façade works on RSI Airport


The project is said to be on track to welcome its first passengers in 2023, with capabilities to serve an estimated one million domestic and international tourists per year by 2030

Developer Red Sea Global (RSG) has appointed Reem Emirates Saudi to build the façade and roof shell of the Red Sea International (RSI) airport’s landside facilities.

According to RSG, who is developing The Red Sea and AMAALA projects, the airport is designed to include shaded areas and natural ventilation that minimises reliance on air conditioning. It will feature five mini-terminals, which allow areas to be closed during slower activity periods, curbing the need to air-condition all sections and waste energy.

“Red Sea International will set new standards in sustainable aviation, and the ongoing construction works are a critical part of building that legacy. This requires experienced partners who share our vision for doing things better,” said John Pagano, Group CEO of RSG.

Red Sea Global will be speaking at Big Project Middle East’s Construction Intel Summit – KSA, which will be held in Riyadh on 23 November at the Al Faisaliah Hotel. Registration is complementary but mandatory for construction professionals wishing to attend. Industry professionals interested in attending or participating in the event can visit: https://2022.constructionintelsummit.com for more information.

He continued, “Not only is the airport sustainably designed, but aesthetically it takes inspiration from the forms of the surrounding desert, the green oasis and the sea. The roof shell, which Reem Emirates Saudi will deliver, typifies this, with dune-like pods radiating out from the center, providing an arresting welcome as guests first arrive to The Red Sea from above.”

RSG noted that the entire airport will be run by renewable energy, in support of RSG’s ambition to usher in a carbon-neutral, Net Zero era for airport designs and operations.

Reem Emirates Saudi said it will adopt innovative, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly solutions throughout the facade design, structural engineering, manufacturing, and installation, aligned with industry-leading Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications.

Eng. Naser Al Marzooqi, General Manager at Reem Emirates Saudi explained, “Our partnership with RSG marks the start of an exciting chapter in revolutionising airport offerings, while closely aligning with the strategic goals of Vision 2030. We are excited to bring our in-depth knowledge and local expertise to the project and hope to see such world-class standards of sustainable airports become more widespread throughout the region.”

RSI is billed as a uniquely regenerative airport, designed by international architecture firm Foster + Partners to provide an unforgettable aviation experience. The project is said to be on track to welcome its first passengers in 2023, with capabilities to serve an estimated one million domestic and international tourists per year by 2030 – at a peak of 900 travelers per hour.

In early October 2022, RSG announced that daa International will operate the airport in an agreement worth close to $266mn. Later in the month, RSG confirmed its new brand identity and mandate.


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