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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.

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