Red Sea Global (RSG), the multi-project developer behind the regenerative tourism destinations The Red Sea and Amaala, has become the first real estate company in Saudi Arabia to receive the prestigious Mostadam Diamond Certification for its flagship Turtle Bay Hotel.
This accolade, received under the patronage of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing Minister Majid Al-Hoqail, recognises RSG's commitment to sustainability and green building practices, including energy efficiency, renewable energy uptake, water use efficiency, improved connectivity, enhanced health and comfort, as well as integrated construction waste management, said a Saudi Press Agency report.
The hotel comprises 144 keys arranged in multiple blocks overlooking the Red Sea.
Mostadam's expertise and guidance is playing a pivotal role in creating vibrant and sustainable communities in the kingdom. Red Sea Global has worked closely with the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing to help define the innovative Mostadam criteria. Together, they are creating vibrant and sustainable communities in the kingdom, paving the way for a more sustainable and ecologically responsible housing sector for current and future generations.
"We consistently embrace sustainable practices in our developments, from design through to operations. We have chosen to power our destinations using 100% renewable energy sources and are incorporating state-of-the-art waste management systems into our infrastructure. This certification is a testament to our unwavering commitment to sustainability, regenerative tourism development and environmental stewardship", said the Group CEO of Red Sea Global, John Pagano.
He added that Red Sea Global has constructed five solar farms to enable the first phase of The Red Sea to be off-grid powered solely by sunlight, with more than 760,000 solar panels, in place.
The group also announced a multi-utilities concessions agreement for Amaala this week, and across the two destinations, that will save one million tons of C02 emissions annually.
Pagano pointed out that the Red Sea is also home to the region's largest landscape nursery, which has already grown roughly 4 million trees, plants and shrubs. In July, RSG also opened a state-of-the-art nursery, where employees will care for mangrove seedlings for approximately eight months until they grow to 80 cm. They will then transplant the young trees to dedicated parks across the destination, with the aim of planting 50 million mangroves by 2030.
The Red Sea will welcome guests in the coming months when the first three hotels open their doors and Red Sea International Airport begins welcoming domestic flights. Upon full 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, F&B, and leisure facilities.
Phase One of Amaala, focused on the Triple Bay masterplan, is well underway, with the first guests set to be welcomed in early 2025. It will consist of eight resorts offering upwards of 1,200 hotel keys. Once complete, Amaala will be home to more than 3,900 hotel rooms across 29 hotels, and approximately 1,200 luxury residential villas, apartments, and estate homes, supporting high-end retail, fine dining, wellness, and recreational facilities.