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Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project Plans to Become World’s Largest Dark Sky Reserve

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project Plans to Become World’s Largest Dark Sky Reserve

Tuesday, 3 March, 2020 - 07:30
The project will become a touristic destination in the Middle East where visitors can enjoy the beauty of the night skies. (SPA)

The Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC) signed on Monday a contract with Cundall, an international multidisciplinary engineering consultancy, to provide innovative solutions in sustainable design and develop a strategy that would reduce unnatural light during night time at the Red Sea project site.


TRSDC said the contract will allow the company to achieve the first steps of its plan to make the Red Sea a certified destination on the map of the world’s dark-night reserves and obtain accreditation from the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) for some exceptional areas at the site.


“We are proud to announce this step that would lead us to become a tourist destination in the Middle East that pursues this unique accreditation, intended to safeguard the natural environment and allow guests to marvel at the beauty of the night sky,” said John Pagano, Chief Executive Officer of TRSDC.


“Over the centuries, explorers, trade caravans and pilgrims have used the stars to navigate across our region. Dark Sky accreditation will allow our visitors to enjoy the same stunning night-time panoramas that inspired our ancestors,” added Pagano.


Andrew Bissell, director of Cundall’s lighting design team Light4, said: “The night sky at the site is beautiful to experience and is full of unique constellations. This project will prove that through ambition and careful planning we can develop projects in a unique and unprecedented way that protects the beauty of the night sky, and that no building, whether inside or outside cities, needs to have a negative effect on the night sky.”


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