Contract awarded for international airport in Saudi Arabia


The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), based in Saudi Arabia, has awarded a contract to deliver airside infrastructure works for the international airport.

The order has been awarded to a joint venture between Nesma & Partners Contracting and Almabani General Contractors.

The scope of the contract will include the construction of airside infrastructure works, including the design and construction of a Code F Runway 3,700m, Code B Seaplane Runway, parallel & link taxiways and pavement works.

It will involve Aeronautical Navigational Aids, Aerodrome Ground Lighting, Airside utilities, helipads, roads and associated buildings.

The Red Sea Development Company CEO John Pagano said: “The Red Sea Development Company is making huge progress in the development of a world-leading destination and by awarding our largest contract to date, we take another significant step in this direction, while demonstrating our ongoing commitment to creating opportunities within the Saudi Arabian construction sector.

“Both our partners have impressive expertise in delivering airside infrastructure, coupled with both local and international experience.”

In October last year, Foster + Partners was awarded the design contract for the airport. Earlier this year, the schematic design stage NOC was secured from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

Currently, land levelling works are in progress to prepare the airport for development. Red Sea International Airport is scheduled to open by the end of 2022.

The overall infrastructure of Red Sea Project, including its transport network, will be powered by 100% renewable energy as part of the company’s sustainability goals.

Apart from the airport, the initial phase of the development includes 16 hotels providing 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites. It will also feature commercial, retail and leisure facilities and other infrastructure.

Upon completion, the airport is expected to serve one million tourists per annum catering to both domestic and international flights.


Red Sea International Airport external design at night. (Credit: The Red Sea Development Company)

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