Plans Revealed for Luxury ‘Mega-City’ Holiday Destination in the Red Sea

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The plans for a futuristic mega-city have been revealed, where holidaymakers will be able to relax in luxury in an array of opulent hotels on Sindalah Island off Saudi Arabia’s coast.

The $500 billion Neom resort will encompass three high-class hotels and luxury villas, all constructed by Marriot Hotels.

The megacity, to be located in the Red Sea is set to be one of the Middle East’s most ambitious urban developments planned by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Concept pictures of the planned holiday destination showed the island full of luxury villas where guests can enjoy panoramic sea views and glorious golden beaches.

The buildings are refined and polished with modern architectural design and there is plenty of greenery to balance out the mega-city. The modern island destination will be named Neom and is planned to be an innovation hub that offers a blend of luxury and sustainable living.

Covering more than 84 hectares, the island will host three major hotels with more than 400 rooms and 300 suites, a beach club, a large marina, a wellness centre and a host of restaurants.

Chris Newman, the executive director of hotel development at Neom, said: “Marriott International offers one of the most compelling portfolios in the entire industry and enjoys a stellar reputation in the region.

“We are thrilled by the prospect of working together and look forward to building a hospitality experience that captures the spirit of Sindalah’s year-long appeal while creating unforgettable memories for our guests.”

Jerome Briet, a chief development officer at Marriott International, added: “Neom is one of the most highly anticipated developments in the world and we look forward to working with its team to develop these three exciting properties.

“The Luxury Collection and Autograph Collection Hotels properties will express their own unique personality inspired by the exceptional natural landscapes of Neom.

“We continue to see growth opportunities for our brand portfolio within the destination and Saudi Arabia overall.”

Neom is expected to open to travellers in early 2024 and will also boast a large marina, fine-dining eateries, and plenty of bars. The project is expected to cost in excess of $500 billion to complete.