Saudi's luxury AMAALA resort will have an airport that looks like a private members' club

Published: 25 June 2020 - 6:35 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
Guests flying into mega-project AMAALA will touch down at an airport inspired by the optical illusion of a desert mirage.

Inside they'll find an exclusive private-club experience encapsulating AMAALA’s pillars of art and culture; wellness and sport; and sea, sun, and lifestyle.

The airport's terminal and control tower design was conceptualised by UK-based architectural and design firm Foster + Partners, while the airport master plan was designed by Egis, an international consultancy and engineering group.

A sleek mirrored edifice rising from the desert, the structure is intended to create mirage effect. The terminal is to be anchored around a spacious courtyard and interiors will be "contemporary," filled with "unique artwork and tailored experiences."

One million visitors are estimated to travel through the airport every year once it opens in 2023.

The tourism project on Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast will be made up of three communities - Triple Bay, The Island, and The Coastal Development.

One of the Kingdom’s largest tourism projects, the 3,800 sqkm destination planned to have 2,500 hotel keys, 800 villas and homes, 200 retail spaces, F&B venues and wellness spaces.

Senior executive partner of Foster + Partners, Gerard Evenden, says: “Responding to the surrounding landscape, the terminal building will form an exclusive gateway to the AMAALA resort.

"The passenger experience through the entire building will be akin to a private members' club – luxurious and relaxing. Focusing on the themes of art, wellbeing and sport, the design seeks to establish a new model for private terminals that provides a seamless experience from resort to aeroplane.”

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