Saudi Arabia’s AMAALA unveils plans to build mirage-inspired airport


AMAALA, the ultra-luxury tourism project located along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast, has announced plans to build a new international airport.

The airport design is inspired by the optical illusion of a desert mirage while the terminal features a sleek mirrored edifice rising from the desert.

UK-based architectural and design firm Foster + Partners conceptualised the terminal and control tower design for the airport while the airport’s masterplan was designed by consultancy and engineering group Egis.

AMAALA CEO Nicholas Naples said: “From design to personalisation, this will be no ordinary airport. Immersed in the spirit of AMAALA, the airport will create an environment that embodies the philosophy of the destination beyond.

“This will be a unique space that personifies luxury and marks the start of memorable experiences for the world’s most discerning guests. We are delighted to work with Foster + Partners and Egis on this project.”
Planned for completion 2023, the proposed airport will accommodate one million travellers per year.

A spacious courtyard, which will anchor the terminal, will be complemented by contemporary interiors featuring unique artwork.

Other amenities of the airport include climate-controlled hangars for private jets as well as a ground transfer service with access from inside the arrival hangar.

Foster + Partners senior executive partner Gerard Evenden said: “Responding to the surrounding landscape, the terminal building will form an exclusive gateway to the AMAALA resort.

“The passenger experience through the entire building will be akin to a private members club – luxurious and relaxing. Focusing on the themes of art, wellbeing and sport, the design seeks to establish a new model for private terminals that provides a seamless experience from resort to aeroplane.”

The new airport design is inspired by the optical illusion of a desert mirage. (Credit: Danilo Bueno from Pixabay)

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