Keeping in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 that seeks to reduce the reliance on oil and diversify the country’s economy, Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has recently unveiled plans to transform a 200 km area of Red Sea coastline into a luxury resort.

The development will stretch across more than 50 natural islands between the cities of Umluj and Al-Wajh and feature include an airport, port, hotels and luxury residences, infrastructure, and transport services.

Aiming to transform Saudi tourism industry that relies almost solely on Muslim pilgrims visiting Mecca and Medina, the megaproject is expected to begin during the third quarter of 2019 with the first phase of completion in the final quarter of 2022.