The Red Sea Development Company signs contract to begin infrastructure development at its employee village


Contracting & Construction Enterprises Ltd to design and build infrastructure of the Coastal Village, which is set to house around 14,000 people

Riyadh: The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has awarded the contract to design and build infrastructure at its Coastal Village to Saudi firm Contracting & Construction Enterprises Ltd (CCE). The Village will be home to around 14,000 people who will eventually work at the destination.

CCE, an engineering procurement and construction firm based in Riyadh, is responsible for developing the Village’s local infrastructure, which is designed to minimize its carbon footprint. CCE will also construct a network of paths and walkways, as well as the earthworks and utility hub buildings structure. 

“Our Coastal Village will soon be home for the employees who will operate the destination, as well as their families. We want our residents to be as comfortable at The Red Sea Project as the guests who visit us, which is why we’re developing a liveable and sustainable community in which they can live, work and relax,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.

“We’re creating a new resort village and CCE is aligned with our commitment to creating this eco-friendly community, making them the perfect partner for this project.” 

To meet TRSDC’s ambitious sustainability standards CCE will be responsible for establishing a circulation network to connect the Village that prioritizes walking, cycling, and a fleet of electric buggies and service vehicles. The Coastal Village will not be accessible by regular vehicles and instead rely on a network of roads and paths built for sustainable travel. 

This will be supplemented by energy-efficient LED street lighting and illuminated signages that will comply with the Red Sea Dark Sky guidelines. Lighting controls are provided to ensure that lighting is switched off during times when there is adequate daylight available or no one is around.

The contract also covers the construction of utility hubs, a potable water network, a firefighting water network, an irrigation network, and a sewerage network.

Khaled Al Nabet, Chairman of CCE, said: “It is an exciting challenge to design and build new infrastructure for this new residential village, and to do that while meeting the ambitious sustainability targets set by TRSDC. Our designs have been developed to ensure we play our role in creating the world’s first truly regenerative tourism destination, and to lay a solid foundation for the success of future work.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank His Majesty, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crowne Prince for supporting Saudi Companies and enabling them to share in this world-class project. We are ready to do our part in meeting the ambitions of Vision 2030,” he added.

The Coastal Village will include high-quality amenities including restaurants and cafes, supermarkets, recreational facilities, cinemas, a hospital and school, beachfront club and associated facilities, and other support and civic buildings.

The Red Sea Project has already passed significant milestones and work is on track to welcome the first guests by the end of 2022, when the international airport and the first hotels will open. The Coastal Village will become home to its first residents by the second quarter of 2021.

Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include marinas, championship golf courses, entertainment and leisure facilities.

About The Red Sea Development Company:

The Red Sea Development Company is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. TRSDC was established to drive the development of The Red Sea Project, a luxury, regenerative tourism destination that will set new standards in sustainable development and position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.

The project is being developed over 28,000 km2 of pristine lands and waters along Saudi Arabia’s west coast and includes a vast archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands. The destination also features sweeping desert dunes, mountain canyons, dormant volcanoes, and ancient cultural and heritage sites. It is designed to include hotels, residential properties, leisure, commercial and entertainment amenities, as well as supporting infrastructure that emphasizes renewable energy and water conservation and re-use, as well as a circular waste management system to achieve zero waste to landfill.

Activity for the first phase of development is well underway and is on track to be completed by the end of 2023. The project has surpassed significant milestones, with over 500 contracts signed to date, worth over SAR 15 bn ($4bn).

The 100-hectare Landscape Nursery, which will provide more than 15 million plants for the destination, is now fully operational. There are more than 7,000 workers currently on-site and 80km of new roads are now complete, including the new airport road, to better connect the destination. The Construction Village, set to house 10,000 workers, is now open and development is progressing well at the Coastal Village, which will be home to around 14,000 people who will eventually work at the destination. 

About Contracting and Construction Enterprises:

Contracting and Construction Enterprises , was established in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1992 as a privately-owned general contracting company, operating in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Countries.

CCE has been successful throughout its history executing numerous residential, industrial and commercial projects within the private and public sectors, including the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Al Rajhi HQ Tower and Tadawul Tower in Riyadh. 

Over the years, CCE developed a prominent profile among the most reputable general contracting companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.