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Amaala, the Luxury Planned Seaside Resort on Saudi Arabia’s Northwest Coast, picks an impressive design for International Airport, conceptualised by UK-based architectural and design firm Foster + Partner


The impressive design is “inspired by the optical illusion of a desert mirage.” The terminal and control tower design was conceptualised by UK-based architectural and design firm Foster + Partners, while the airport master plan is designed by Egis, an international consultancy and engineering group. It will incorporate unique design practices, drawing inspiration from its location. The airport is due for completion in 2023 and is estimated to accommodate one million travellers per year once it officially opens.


The Airport Video Rendering


The Chief Executive Officer of Amaala, Nicholas Naples, quotes that the Airport being a gateway to Amaala, visitors will be greeted by personalised experiences from the moment they step off the plane. From design to personalisation, this will be no ordinary airport and will create an environment that embodies the philosophy of the destination beyond. This will be a unique space that personifies luxury and marks the start of memorable experiences for the world’s most discerning guests.

The structure takes its inspiration from the surrounding environment, resulting in a mesmerising mirage effect. A spacious courtyard will anchor the terminal and will be complemented by contemporary interiors complete with unique artwork and tailored experiences. The airport will reflect Amaala’s ultra-luxury hospitality spirit, providing an exclusive private-club experience with art and culture; wellness and sport; and sea, sun, and lifestyle. Among the list of amenities provided by the airport are climate-controlled hangars that will be available for private jets as well as a ground transfer service that is accessible from inside the arrival hangar.


Senior Executive Partner of Foster + Partners, Gerard Evenden, quotes, “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.


Middle East & South Asia Aviation Director of Egis, Jacques Khoriaty, quotes that the Amaala airport  design meets the highest environmental design and sustainability standards, is operationally versatile and incorporates the latest airport technology and best practice standards on offer.





About Amaala

Set in the Prince Mohammad bin Salman Natural Reserve across three unique communities, the 4,155 square kilometre (1,604 square mile) year-round destination will include 2,500 hotel keys and more than 800 residential villas, apartments and estate homes, alongside 200 high-end retail establishments, fine dining, wellness and recreational facilities.

AMAALA’s trio of communities – Triple Bay, Coastal Development and The Island – will represent three different sets of experiences for visitors.

  • Triple Bay will offer a fully holistic wellness retreat, state-of-the-art diagnostic medical facilities and authentic treatments designed to incorporate elements from the local environment. Triple Bay will also be home to a fully integrated sports and entertainment community.
  • The Coastal Development is set to become the defining hub of contemporary art in the Middle East, playing host to a dynamic programme of exciting events from the global arts and cultural calendar.
  • The Island will be the tranquil home of an exclusive art community, set amid an Arabian botanical garden complemented by a collection of sculptural pieces.


With close proximity to major destinations in the region, including Riyadh, Dubai and Istanbul, Amaala aims to become the heart of the Riviera of the Middle East.


Image & Video Credits: Amaala Tourism Project, Saudi Arabia