The Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), the developer behind one of the world’s most ambitious tourism projects, outlined its recently approved master plan at the 2019 Saudi Hotel Investment Conference in Riyadh.
JEDDAH: Jay Rosen, head of finance and investments at TRSDC,
participated in this week’s event and elaborated on the investment
opportunities the Red Sea project offers.
“We are not looking to sell parcels of land to other developers. Our
intent is to maintain complete control over the development of the
project to ensure our vision is achieved and that best practices in
sustainability and governance are properly implemented,” Rosen said.
“We are exploring joint venture partnerships to develop the commercial
components of the project, such as hospitality, residential, retail,
entertainment, among others. And we are looking at public-private
partnerships to support utility infrastructure, power generation,
transportation and other hard infrastructure.”
“Hospitality is the anchor of the project. We are creating a diverse
array of offerings and experiences, from mono-island luxury resorts to
design-driven beachfront resorts, holistic wellness retreats and
innovative, unique inland experiences in the mountains and desert
dunes,” he said.
When complete, the destination will feature a planned 8,000 hotel rooms.
Rosen added that outreach from the investment community has been
overwhelming and that investors have responded positively to the
“The Red Sea project will be the first fully integrated luxury mixed-use
destination in the Middle East offering a temperate year-round climate.
There is currently no competing destination in the world, so we are
able to offer, for the first time, a compelling reason for international
tourists to visit the Middle East and experience the richness of the
culture and the famously warm hospitality of the Saudi people,” he said.
“We are well positioned against the most significant emerging trends in
the luxury travel market, which center around immersive experiences. The
project’s offerings will emphasize ‘being’ over ‘owning’ in a pristine
environment,” said Rosen.
“It’s a very compelling combination and one that is attracting a lot of investor interest.”
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