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World's First Immersive Marine Life Centre to Open in Saudi Arabia

650 visitors will be able to walk underwater, snorkel with rare species, participate in lab tours, and dive the depths of the Red Sea in a submarine.

Farida El Shafie

Perceive a world where walking through waters interspersed with rare marine life is the usual pastime, snorkelling is but an afternoon lunch break activity, and actively participating in aquatic research is synonymous with early-morning news site perusal. Channelling those moments where augmented reality effortlessly merges with our own and the collisions animate your spirits is the Red Sea Marine Life Institute.

Designed by world-renowned architectural firm ‘Foster + Partners’, and located in Saudi Arabia’s mega project AMAALA, the institute extends far beyond a hub for scientific research. Encompassing 10 zones, the facility permits visitors to bend time, re-living out of body experiences in the process. Think night diving spaces curated with the sole intent of ensuring no invigorating experience is ever missed.

“The institute will live in the Triple Bay marina at AMAALA, but is the beating heart of our broader ambitions to protect and enhance the thriving Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia,” John Pagano, Group CEO of TRSDC tells SceneTraveller. “Through our expanding portfolio of projects we will share our valuable scientific discoveries with the world and enable our guests to experience the true beauty of our thriving coral reefs.”

Up to 650 visitors will be able to walk underwater, snorkel with rare species, participate in lab tours, and dive the depths of the Red Sea in a submarine. In line with their desire to facilitate memorable moments, the facility will also be home to one of the world's largest man-made reefs, measuring an astounding 40 metres long and 10 metres deep.