In Brief

Saudi scales up sustainability achievements

THE Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has achieved an overall score of 91 out of 100 in this year’s ESG-assessment and benchmark exercise by Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) – exceeding the score of 84 it accomplished last year.

As a result of achieving high scores across the board, GRESB has awarded TRSDC with the prestigious Regional Sector Leader award – an achievement that honours companies that have out-performed their sector.

“Last year we set the bar very high, with a score that we were extremely proud to achieve. Not only have we exceeded our 2020 results, but to be recognized as a Regional Sector Leader is a true testament to our bold ambitions and steadfast commitment to sustainable development,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.

This year’s assessment sees TRSDC become a five-star rated entity, gaining a star since 2020. This places TRSDC in the top 20 percent of organizations taking part in this year’s assessment.


The National Aquarium opens officially

THE National Aquarium, Abu Dhabi’s much anticipated landmark for the last year, officially opened its doors to the public on November 12, 2021. Located within the Rabdan Area, the National Aquarium is one of the 11 anchors found within Al Qana, one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic touristic and lifestyle destinations.

The newly launched attraction has welcomed an outstanding number of visitors from all over the world in only its first day. Its main features which visitors have been able to experience include iconic species such as the world-famous Super Snake, believed to be the longest reptile on display in the world, along with a large school of Hammerhead sharks and many other hero creatures. The facility includes over 60 exhibits across 10 zones, and it is expected to take an average of 2 hours to complete the journey.


Krakow, Poland to host 2022 ICCA Congress

THE 61st ICCA Congress will take place in Kraków, Poland from November 13-16, 2022.

The 2022 ICCA Congress will also coincide with the 10th anniversary of Kraków’s membership in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

ICCA Congress Delegates will meet at ICE Kraków Congress Centre, the business and cultural flagship of the city. Conveniently located in the centre, it has hosted many world-class and diverse events such as the 41st session of the UNESCO World Committee 15th World Congress of the OWHC and the annual Open Eyes Economy Summit.

“Kraków clearly demonstrates commitment to two of ICCA’s core values: working together and embracing innovation. For this reason, the city was an obvious choice for next year’s congress. 2022 ICCA Congress delegates can anticipate a seamless meeting experience that blends a world-class venue with cutting-edge event organisation,” said ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath.


Silk Road Samarkand to open in 2022

IN H1 2022, Silk Road Samarkand, a multifunctional tourist complex designed to become a modern attraction not only of the city of Samarkand, but also of the entire Central Asia, will be opened for visitors. The complex will combine cultural, gastro, medical and business tourism facilities. The new complex is located in the eastern part of the city and covers an area of over 640 acres.

The complex will house world-class hotels, specialized boutique hotels, contemporary public spaces, parks, recreation and sports areas, authentic restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as the International Congress Centre and sites of cultural interest.

“Samarkand was a major stop on the Great Silk Road, a place where entire civilizations crossed. We believe that Silk Road Samarkand will become a centre of international tourism, where residents of the city, tourists, travellers, and businessmen from all over the world will be able to spend time with pleasure and benefit. I am sure that the opening of the complex will launch a new era in the history of tourism in Samarkand,” said Artyom V. Yegikyan, General Director of Managing Company Silk Road Samarkand.