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This New Project in Red Sea, Saudi Arabia Aims to Combat Light Pollution in the Middle East

The Red Sea Project, a high-profile tourism and development initiative in Saudi Arabia, has recently achieved a significant milestone by being designated as a ‘Dark Sky Reserve.’ This designation, awarded by the International Dark-Sky Association highlights Saudi Arabia’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

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Located in the northwestern part of the Kingdom, this 28,000 square-kilometer coastal region is characterized by its stunning sand dunes and crystal-clear waters. This area is not only visually striking but also one of the least light-polluted regions in the country, making it an ideal location for observing the night sky.

As global interest in preserving dark skies grows, the Red Sea is set to become the Middle East’s only certified Dark Sky Reserve, due to efforts by Red Sea Global. Collaborating with DarkSky International, they are implementing innovative lighting strategies at Saudi Arabian luxury resorts, including the newly opened Six Senses Southern Dunes and St. Regis Red Sea Resort.

The creation of these dark sky reserves is a significant step towards promoting eco-friendly tourism in Saudi Arabia. By reducing light pollution, the project will help protect local wildlife and preserve the natural environment. Additionally, it offers a unique experience for visitors, allowing them to witness the stars and celestial events. This initiative reflects the country’s commitment to become a leading destination for nature-based tourism.

The Red Sea Project not only aims to attract tourists but also to educate them on the importance of preserving the natural environment. At the Red Sea, guests can enjoy astrophotography sessions, campfire storytelling, and stargazing excursions. They have the rare chance to witness the Milky Way, that is now hidden from one-third of the global population due to light pollution. This experience allows visitors to connect with the natural world, making their stay both memorable and enlightening.

In the future, Red Sea Global intends to improve the external lighting in communities and nearby cities in order to lessen sky glow and run more sustainably.

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