NEOM’s new luxury island Sindalah is positioned to compete with prominent international tourist destinations like Monaco and Athens with its year-round luxury amenities. One of the most significant initiatives supporting Saudi Arabia’s national tourist plan is NEOM, the $500 billion innovative metropolis, as the country gradually diversifies its economy after being reliant on oil for many years.
The CEO of NEOM, Nadhmi Al-Nasr, stated that the hanging stadiums in the smart city would cause visitors to reinvent and picture the future in November at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit.
As he unveiled the newest project to enhance Saudi Arabia’s tourism economy, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that Sindalah will be home to superyachts and high-end homes.
One of the islands being built as part of the giga-project, Sindalah, will have an area of about 840,000 square meters. Three thousand five hundred jobs are predicted to be created in the tourist, hospitality, and leisure sectors.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, the island will offer unique maritime experiences and act as a significant Red Sea gateway. Early 2024 is when it is projected that guests will start arriving.
The Crown Prince said: “This is another significant moment for NEOM and a major step in the Kingdom realizing its tourism ambitions under Vision 2030.
“Sindalah will be NEOM’s first luxury island and yacht club destination in the Red Sea, providing a scenic gateway to the Red Sea that will become the region’s most exciting and attractive tourism location.
“It will be a destination where travelers can experience the true beauty of NEOM and Saudi Arabia, above and below the water, making Sindalah the future of luxury travel.”
Chris Newman, executive director of hotel development at NEOM, laid out the variety of events and activities that the island would host after it opened in an interview with Arab News.
“Sindalah expects to host sophisticated cultural events, grand sporting spectacles, and glamorous social celebrations throughout the year,” he said, adding, “There will be a year-round calendar of imaginative experiences, curated across various seasons.”
These will include a social season from December to February, where guests will have access to special music performances, art exhibitions, and cultural events held in imaginative and inspirational venues.
The “Glamour season,” which will run from March to May and then from October to November, will coincide with the busiest period for sailing competitions. Visitors receive exclusive access to concerts, fashion displays, and gourmet festivals during the fashionable season.
Visitors may enjoy a variety of beach and leisure activities appropriate for families throughout the peak season, which runs from June to September.
Yachting at Sindalah Island
An 86-berth marina, 75 offshore buoys to house superyachts, and various activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving will all be available for yachting.
According to Chris Newman, executive director of NEOM’s Hotel Development division, the new luxury tourist destination, which is anticipated to welcome its first visitors in early 2024, will have a thriving, top-notch marina and yacht club, positioning itself as a new addition to the world’s yachting season.
Hospitality at Sindalah Island
There will be three hotels in total. Sindalah will provide 333 luxury serviced apartments and 413 ultra-premium hotel rooms. There will also be 51 upscale shopping centers. By giving golfers access to a top-notch 6,474-yard (5,920-meter) par 70 courses, the appeal of Sindalah as a destination for golf vacations is also projected to rise. With its 18 tees, the golf course provides two nine-hole experiences.
Connectivity of Sindalah Island
Sindalah Island intends to have no automobiles and even no roads, similar to other postcard projects throughout the Kingdom. The island also intends to market itself to affluent European tourists who travel 17 hours by boat to get there from most spots around the Mediterranean.
NEOM Island Sindalah Jobs
The luxury island of SINDALAH will create 3,500 jobs for the tourism sector and hospitality and leisure services.