Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project seeks to become world’s largest Dark Sky Reserve

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The developer behind The Red Sea Project, an enormous tourism destination in Saudi Arabia, has announced plans to become the largest certified Dark Sky Reserve in the world.

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) said in a press release that it is seeking accreditation that will recognize areas with an “exceptional quality of starry nights and a commitment to protecting the nocturnal environment.”

TRSDC said it awarded the contract to Cundall, an international multi-disciplinary consultancy providing engineering, design and sustainable solutions, to develop a lighting strategy that would provide enough lighting for safe movement around the site while meeting the stringent International Dark Sky criteria.

“We are proud to announce our intention to become the first full-scale destination in the Middle East to pursue 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, The Red Sea Development Company.

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The International Dark Sky Places Program was founded in 2001 to encourage communities, parks, and protected areas around the world to preserve and protect dark sites through responsible lighting polices and public education.

The Red Sea project is an ultra-luxurious and sustainable touristic destination, planned to be accessible by 80 percent of the world’s population in less than eight hours off the coasts of Saudi Arabia.

The project is one of Saudi Arabia’s three mega-projects aimed at boosting its tourism sector announced in October 2017, along with the megacity NEOM and Amaala, another resort on the Red Sea.