Al Ogair To​urism Destination

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Al Ogair Tourism Destination 
 
Introduction: 

Al Ogair Tourism Destination is considered to be the first and largest ever tourism destination in Saudi Arabia to be fully adopted by the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (may Allah’s mercy be on him). 

It is also considered as the first fruits of an integrated tourism products in the Kingdom, in which State's efforts are combined, given the allocation of huge potentials by the government and substantial investments from the private sector, in addition to site's unique and rich historical and archeological features, including its stunning nature and virgin beaches. 

Therefore, responding to the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah be merciful to him) with regard to finalizing the company’s establishment, on Tuesday, 10 September 2013. The Articles of incorporation of the company were signed at a capital of 2 billion and 710 million Saudi Riyals, (SR 2.71b) 

The contract was concluded in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTA and His Royal Highness Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of the Eastern Province and Chairman of the Eastern Province Tourism Development Council. 

The plan of Al Ogair Development Project was submitted to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for approval during his visit to Al Ahsa municipality in 2006. The project was then announced as a major multi-purpose coastal tourism destination. A move that was followed by the issuance of a Royal Approval in 2008. 

The project was approved as a model of investment based on partnership between the public and private sectors. Accordingly, its development plan was revised and upgraded.  In addition, a feasibility study was carried out in collaboration with the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Al Ahsa Municipality, in which the international economic developments as well as the development of tourism markets were taken into account. 

The Council of Ministers, issued a resolution (No. 301) in 2011, with which allocation of a required fund of about SR 1.4 billion was approved for the relevant public authorities to extend the infrastructure and services of Al Ogair Project to the borders of its area. 

The total area of the project is 100 million square meters, including a coastline stretching over 24 km along the Arabian Gulf coast. The project is located about 70 km from Dammam and Al Hofuf, and about 400 km from the city of Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia. 

Saudis and residents in the Eastern Province and Riyadh, and from other provinces, as well as visitors from the GCC countries will be first to benefit from the project.  The GCC population is about 15.6 million who will benefit extensively due to the proximity to the Al Ogair project. 
 
Al Ogair Project, as the first national tourism destination in which the government has contributed heavily, aims essentially to nationalize tourism in the Kingdom. 

The seaport of has a historical significance, besides it is important sea outlet for Al Ahsa. In the past, it was a center for import of goods from outside of Arabia to Al Ahsa and the Najd region. Besides, it was a scene of important events in the reign of King Abdul Aziz al Saud, the founder King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

The project consists of a number of recreation facilities and services designed to meet the aspirations of different groups of the society including families. These include beaches, coastal areas, archaeological sites and urban heritage sites. Tourism accommodation facilities, rest houses, condominiums, and commercial complexes, commercial offices and retail shops will be dotting the area.  Leisure and entertainment centers and sports facilities, educational facilities, medical centers, and parks, and all the necessary infrastructure for tourism will be found within the Al Ogair project.

The project will also include development of events and activities to match the nature of the destination. It will act as an integral part of an investment project in terms of diversity of tourism products to persuade tourists to stay as long as possible in the destination, and of course, spend time and money. This site will minimize the impact of seasonality of tourism, and create job opportunities for the large number of community members across cities, towns and village located around the project.

In the light of the systematic studies of tourism markets in the Kingdom, and the forecasted growth in the target markets, Al Ogair project will be developed in three stages, and it is expected to receive tourists from the beginning of 2016.

The Al Ogair Development Company's investments are expected to reach SR 17 billion, while the total private-sector investment is expected to exceed SR 34 billion. 

With the opening of Al Ogair Water Park, the first phase of the project will be commenced, followed by Al Ogair Sports Center, the Car Tracks, Al Ogair Seaport rehabilitation (Maritime Sport Center), recreation activities, amusement parks, Al Ogair historic seaport.  A number of tourism accommodation facilities meeting the aspiration of different social groups, such as star hotels, furnished apartments and camping sites will also be built. 

With the completion of the first phase, Al Ogair Project is expected be the most important and integrated leisure destination supplied with 2600 furnished apartments and 2900 hotel rooms in addition to entertainment facilities besides hosting a series of festive events. 
 
For further information:
     Al Ogair Developoment Project (in Arabic) ​​​

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