Podcast: Saudi Arabia to transform Al-Ula into eco-tourism retreat
Latest CW podcast episode explores Saudi Arabia's plan to turn a historical region into a luxury tourism sanctuary
This week’s episode of Construction Week Viewpoint travels to the north-west region of Al-Ula that Saudi Arabia plans to transform into a sprawling wildlife reserve and heritage destination complete with a luxury hotel and spa.
Construction Week’s deputy editor and senior reporter, Oscar Rousseau and Jack Ball, explore why Saudi Arabia is investing in the ancient region of Al-Ula, home to Mada’in Salih, the kingdom’s first Unesco World Heritage Site.
The tourism project will occupy more than 22,000km² of land north of Madinah, featuring a luxurious resort called Sharaan and the Sharaan Natural Reserve.
The scheme will position the kingdom as a more popular destination for tourism and is among a crop of entertainment and travel-inspired projects in Saudi Arabia.
Arguably the flagship plan in this package is Saudi Arabia’s 334km² theme park megacity Qiddiya, set to feature hundreds of amusement parks, sporting arenas, adventure activities, safaris, hotels, and restaurants.
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