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

The airport is designed to include shaded areas and natural ventilation that minimises reliance on air conditioning. It will feature five mini-terminals, meaning that areas can be closed during slower activity periods, reducing the need to air-condition all sections.

The entire airport will be run by renewable energy, supporting RSG’s ambition to usher in a carbon-neutral, net-zero era for airport designs and operations.

Reem Emirates Saudi 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.

“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.

“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 centre, providing an arresting welcome as guests first arrive from above.”

RSI has been designed by international architecture firm Foster + Partners. The project is 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 travellers per hour. RSG recently announced that Dublin-based daa International will operate the airport in an agreement worth close to SAR 1 billion ($266m).

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