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RCU unveils winning design of AlUla International Airport Terminal

The terminal’s design is the result of a global design bid, and is said to be an architectural marvel that merges with AlUla’s distinctive landscapes

The winning design of the AlUla International Airport Terminal has been unveiled by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU). The design was unveiled at the seventh annual Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh and was said to have been picked after a competitive global bid.

Once delivered, the airport will serve as an ‘extraordinary gateway to AlUla’ and will feature a blend of modernity, culture and nature. AlUla is itself billed as an ‘iconic archaeological and cultural destination’ in the Kingdom.

According to a statement the terminal will offer high-end amenities including a luxurious 5-star hotel, spa, and an extensive range of retail outlets, aims to redefine the standards of international airport experiences. Capturing the essence of AlUla from touchdown to take-off, the terminal is poised to be a cornerstone of every visitor’s journey. The design promises that the infrastructure will seamlessly blend with AlUla’s natural landscapes, ensuring harmony and coexistence, the RCU noted.

The RCU said that through new airport routes and a projected surge in annual passenger capacity from 400,000 to 6m in its ultimate phase, the terminal will revolutionise AlUla’s connectivity to the global stage, and make it an ‘easily accessible jewel for international travellers’.

Beyond the realm of tourism, the project envisions a transformative impact on the community. By drawing more travellers to AlUla, the initiative is poised to channel increased revenue into the economy, and open a plethora of job opportunities for its residents.

Originally conceived a decade ago to cater to domestic regional traffic, AlUla International Airport’s capacities have been outstripped by AlUla’s soaring success as a global destination. Such unprecedented demand necessitates immediate expansions and further investments, reiterating RCU’s unwavering commitment to championing AlUla’s growth and global appeal, the statement concluded.

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