Renovation works begin at AlUla airport

RCUAlUla's Prince Abdulmajeed Bin Abdulaziz Airport is set to be transformed by the end of 2019 to meet international standards with increased aircraft parking as well as multiple structural and design upgrades

The development projects taken up at the airport and the Maraya Concert Hall are in line with the vision for AlUla of HH Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and chairman of the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU).

The AlUla coordination council and the RCU CEO Amr AlMadani visited the project site to review the progress underway.

The airport development project is expected to transform AlUla’s domestic airport into an aviation hub developed in line with international standards that can welcome guests from around the world with an increase in capacity from 100,000 passengers to more than 400,000 a year, marking an important step in the RCU’s overall aim to accommodate two million tourists by 2035.

Development of the airport will include the construction of an extended apron area that can accommodate more aircrafts. A new executive lounge will be constructed, new digital information systems will be added to both the departures and arrivals areas, and further interior and exterior design changes will be made to the terminal buildings using local material from AlUla.

With a new taxiway already planned for completion in quarter one of 2020 to meet the growing demand for efficient and easy access to AlUla.

Badr bin Farhan Al-Saud Badr, minister of culture and governor of RCU, said, "Expanding critical infrastructure, such as AlUla’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."

The structural improvements and renovations to be made to the Maraya Concert Hall, the venue for the Winter at Tantora season, will result in a larger, permanent facility, seating over 500 people.

Hundreds of trees planted in Wadi Ishaar as part of a long-term initiative to plant 10,000 trees in AlUla.

As many as 330 students from AlUla have been selected for the second phase of the RCU scholarship programme.

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