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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, launched a luxury “green” island called Coral Bloom, which is located on the island of Shurayrah.

According to Interesting Engineering, Mohammed bin Salman, who, besides being crown prince of Saudi Arabia, is also president of the The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), opened a luxurious resort on the island of Shurayrah inspired by nature called Coral Bloom.

“Nature is the most important asset in the world and, as part of our uncompromising commitment to become the world’s first regenerative tourist destination, we are setting new standards internationally, implementing policies to improve the environment for future generations ”, said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.

“The concept of Coral Bloom was designed for protect and improve the natural state pristine Shurayrah Island, providing natural defenses against erosion, while new habitats are created through landscaping to improve the island’s natural state, ”continued Pagano.

The project is expected to open to tourists by the end of 2022. All amenities on the island, including resorts and hotels, have strict conservation of energy use renewable and emphasizing the conservation and reuse of water.

“Even before construction started, we partnered with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to deliver an ambitious marine spatial planning (MSP) simulation to map conservation areas at our site, ”said Pagano.

According to the CEO of TRSDC, the destination was divided into grids and each received a conservation value. As a result, only 22 of the more than 90 islands in the archipelago they will be developed with nine designated as special conservation zones.

The destination plan provides for a 30% net conservation benefit in 2040.

“Our ambition is to be the region’s first tourist destination powered exclusively by renewable energy, 24 hours a day. To put it in context, a tourism project of this dimension, exclusively powered by renewable energies, was never reached on this scale anywhere in the world, ”said Pagano.

The project is being developed on 28,000 square kilometers of untouched land and waters along the west coast of Saudi Arabia, which also feature gorges, dormant volcanoes, extensive desert dunes and ancient cultural and heritage sites.

All areas are being treated with environmentally friendly alternatives. “As part of our ambition to create a tourist destination that actively contributes to the area’s natural environment, TRSDC is investing in a series of innovative construction methods and materials, such as green concrete,” he added.

Maria Campos, ZAP //

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