PACK YOUR SWIMWEAR FOR SAUDI
A VAST STRETCH OF THE RED SEA ALONG SAUDI ARABIA’S west coast has been earmarked as a luxuryresort project. A number of characteristics make the project stand out, but plans for a semi-autonomous “designated tourist zone” to be “governed by laws on par with international standards” means that female visitors may be able to leave the abaya at home and don scant swimwear in a co-ed and less-conservative setting. Part of Vision 2030, construction on the Red Sea project is planned to begin in 2019 across 200 kilometres of coastline and 50 islands that will be reminiscent of the Maldives – think reefs, calm lagoons, plush overwater villas and all. Phase one is slated for completion in 2022 to begin attracting international luxury travellers with sights and activities from the Red Sea’s pristine diving and the chance to spot rare desert wildlife, to exploring Mada’in Saleh, an ancient ruin and UNESCO World Heritage site.