Published on : Wednesday, August 14, 2019
By the end of 2019, the changes of Al Ula’s Prince Abdulmajeed Bin Abdulaziz Airport and the Maraya Concert Hall are about to get completed as part of the proposals to set up a major new tourism destination in Saudi Arabia.
Under the leadership of Prince Badr bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister of Culture and governor of the Royal Commission for Al Ula (RCU), the construction work is being carried out, a statement confirmed.
Al Ula’s domestic airport through this airport development project will alter into an aviation hub that can welcome guests worldwide.
This is expected to see a rise in capacity from 100,000 passengers to over 400,000 every year, marking an important step in the RCU’s focus of accommodating two million tourists by 2035.
Development of the airport will comprise the construction of an extended apron area that will have the capacity to house more aircrafts as a new executive lounge will also be set up along with new digital information systems that will be added to both the departures and arrivals areas.
Also, a new taxiway is planned to get completed in the first quarter of 2020 to meet the growing demand.
The development projects were visited by the Al Ula Coordination Council and the RCU CEO Amr Al Madani, the statement added.
Prince Badr said: “Expanding critical infrastructure, such as Al Ula’s Prince Abdulmajeed Bin Abdulaziz Airport, in a sensitive and sympathetic way, is a central part of encouraging a diverse and dynamic tourism experience for the county in line with Vision 2030, enabling easier access to enable us to showcase our treasures to the world.”
“It will transform the airport facilities from a purely domestic airport to one that in the future has the infrastructure systems in place to welcome international flights. This investment will bring a significant boost to the community by better connecting its economy with the wider region, an important pillar of the RCU Charter.”