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Saudi Amana, Dubox to build TRSDC hotel at The Red Sea Project

Saudi Amana Contracting and Dubox Precast Products to work on hotel that The Red Sea Development Co will own, operate

The Red Sea Project, Saudi Arabia.
TRSDC
The Red Sea Project, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s The Red Sea Development Co (TRSDC) – the Public Investment Fund-held (PIF) developer behind 28,000km2 The Red Sea Project – has awarded a contract to Saudi Amana Contracting – a subsidiary of UAE-based Amana Contracting Group – to design and build a management hotel, for which manufacturing will be subcontracted to Dubox Precast Products, another UAE-based subsidiary of Amana.

The 150-room hotel will be completed in 12 months, and TRSDC will own and operate the structure, which will provide accommodation for staff and third-parties visiting The Red Sea Project’s site during its first-phase development.

The contract is part of the Coastal Village initiative that aims to provide accommodation, office space, and supporting civil amenities to the 40,000 workers and staff that will work at The Red Sea Project during and after development.

TRSDC said in a statement that the hotel “may be opened to serve guests” visiting The Red Sea Project’s employees as the project develops.

Phase 1 of The Red Sea Project will see Coastal Village house 14,000 people working on the gigaproject, as well as the 25,000 workers that will build project assets.

Commenting on the Amana contract, TRSDC’s chief project delivery officer, Ian Williamson, said the construction of the hotel was “an example of TRSDC’s plan to build and repurpose permanent structures during construction rather than relying on temporary buildings”.

He added: “This not only reduces cost but also minimises the impact on the environment.

“Pre-fabrication and modular construction techniques will be used wherever feasible across the development to reduce our environmental footprint, minimise the number of construction workers at the destination, and ensure speed of delivery in a sustainable manner.”

TRSDC’s chief executive officer, John Pagano, said Dubox was selected for its track record in delivering pre-finished modular units.

He continued: “These capabilities will allow us to provide our workers and employees with a stand-out residential hotel while maintaining our commitment to protecting the environment.

“As we progress with construction of the first phase of The Red Sea Project, we are not losing sight of the need to provide a high standard of living for the workers and employees who will deliver and work at the destination.”

Amana Group’s chairman, Chebel Bsaibes, said the company was “are excited to be a part of this forward-looking, sustainability-led project”.

The Red Sea Project is due for completion by the end of 2022, and will feature 14 luxury hotels offering 3,000 rooms across five islands and two inland resorts.

It will also include a yachting marina, entertainment facilities, an airport, and the necessary supporting logistics, and utilities infrastructure.

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