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Simon Thompson

Executive Director of Interior Architecture, Red Sea Global

Leading the interior architecture and design for two world-leading destinations along Saudi Arabia's west coast.

The Red Sea is one of the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations, being developed on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. It is forging a new relationship between luxury tourism and the natural world.

Surrounded by the world’s fourth-largest barrier reef system and spanning over 28,000 square kilometres, The Red Sea offers world-leading experiences across its archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands, idyllic beaches, dormant volcanos, sweeping desert dunes, mountain canyons and historical cultural sites.

The Red Sea developments are creating 70,000 new jobs, both directly and indirectly, and are set to contribute as much as 22 billion Saudi riyals (USD 5.3 billion) to the nation’s GDP. It creates opportunities for local businesses, entrepreneurs and supporting industries, ensuring the local community is a central part of the destination.

The Red Sea destination opened its first resort in 2023 with the Six Senses Southern Dunes and the St Regis Red Sea Resort with Nujuma a Ritz Carlton reserve hotel, Desert Rock Resort, Sheybarah resort and Thuwal Private Retreat opening in 2024. The Red Sea first phase will be completed in 2030 with 50 resorts. while AMAALA’s first phase with eight resorts is due to open in 2025 and will be completed in 2030 with 29 resorts. Other projects include staff villages, amenities, marinas, golf courses, the international airport and residential properties.

Before joining TRSDG, Simon was a principal at Aedas based in Singapore. In that role, he managed hospitality design in Asia and the Middle East, as well as having a guiding hand across all projects’ complete restoration and redevelopment of Raffles Hotel Singapore and Marina Bay Sands™ Singapore.

Simon brings with him a wealth of experience in global cutting-edge hospitality design. He is responsible for driving design standards, quality and innovation within the developments working the world’s leading global interior and architectural design firms.