The Red Sea Development Company has unveiled plans to become the largest certified Dark Sky Reserve in the world.
The location is seeking an accreditation that recognises areas with an exceptional quality of starry nights and a commitment to protecting the nocturnal environment.
The company has awarded a 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 of the Red Sea Development Company.
“Over the centuries, explorers, trade caravans and pilgrims have used the night sky to navigate across our region.
“Dark Sky accreditation will allow our visitors to enjoy the same stunning night-time panoramas that guided and inspired those historical travellers.
“We are proud to become part of a worldwide movement dedicated to restoring…