Five things to know about the Saudi Arabia's Amaala luxury resort
Amaala aims to create an all-new concept for tourism focusing on wellness, healthy living and meditation.
On track: Launched in September 2018 and on track to meet its 2028 completion date, the project, on the Red Sea coast of northwestern Saudi Arabia, covers 3,800 sq km across three sites featuring a total of 2,525 hotel keys and 1,496 residential units. Solid backing: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) – which is led by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud – will provide initial funding for the project, and spearhead its development within the Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Natural Reserve. The new Riviera: The giga tourism project, dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East”, will focus on wellness, healthy living, and meditation. It will be accessible through a dedicated airport, and is aimed at the world’s top 2.5 million leisure travellers. Job creation: The development is expected to have a huge impact on the country’s economy. Estimates suggest it could generate up to 22,000 jobs across hospitality and tourism, leisure, retail, construction and ancillary industries. Future vision: Amaala is central to the Vision 2030 plan and is part of a wider narrative in which Saudi Arabia is building new locations to boost the economy. It will be part of a new ecosystem, which includes Neom and the Red Sea projects.