Red Sea Global and VAARST Join Forces for Cutting-Edge Marine Ecosystem Mapping

Pioneering the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations, Red Sea Global (RSG), a multi-project developer, is testing SubSLAM, an advanced photogrammetry technology created by VAARST, a leader in marine robotics. With the aid of this technology, the coral reefs and other essential habitats of Al Wajh Lagoon can now be rendered in high definition in three dimensions.

Saudi Arabia’s Pioneer in Marine Ecosystem Mapping

The most precise underwater 3D real-time measurement system on the market is this advanced device. Underwater ecosystem mapping and preservation are changing dramatically as a result of VAARST‘s photogrammetry and real-time intelligent data collection system.

This is a first for Saudi Arabia and demonstrates RSG’s dedication to regenerative and sustainable tourism.

SubSLAM’s 4K Sensors

With the use of advanced 4K sensors, SubSLAM‘s capabilities allow for the accurate quantification and identification of corals and other underwater objects. By comparing recent and historical imagery, this technology directs remotely operated vehicles in thorough habitat inspections, tracking changes, and fostering biodiversity.

Also, this technology enables RSG’s scientists to quickly identify and categorize marine species without having to slowly go through hours’ worth of footage in partnership with King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. Moreover, it successfully removes the possibility of fatigue-related human error.

 A Pioneering Initiative for Marine Life Conservation

In order to preserve the Red Sea’s natural beauty and diversity for tourists, it is imperative that issues like coral bleaching and invasive species be addressed in a proactive manner.

A key component of RSG’s vision for a regenerative future is the regeneration of oceans. The developer stated its intention to protect and restore coral reefs in the Red Sea and other areas.

This major project involved the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Coral Research & Development Accelerator Platform (CORDAP) and was unveiled on the Ocean Xplorer vessel during COP28 in Dubai.

Simultaneously, RSG announced the successful results of the first phase of its Coral Gardening Pilot Project and launched a new brand for its marine life institute at Amaala, Corallium. This marks a major step towards marine conservation.

The first visitors to the Red Sea destination were welcomed recently. Reservations for two of its hotels have become available and since September, flights have been arriving at Red Sea International Airport on a regular schedule.

The destination will have fifty resorts with more than 1,000 residential properties and up to 8,000 hotel rooms spread across 22 islands and six inland locations when it is fully completed in 2030. In addition, there will be fine dining options, golf courses, entertainment, F&B, and leisure facilities at the location.


Red Sea Global’s collaboration with VAARST, which uses SubSLAM technology for marine ecosystem mapping in Al Wajh Lagoon, represents Saudi Arabia’s pioneering venture into regenerative tourism. Leveraging sophisticated photogrammetry not only provides high-definition, real-time rendering of underwater habitats but it also promotes proactive conservation and environmentally friendly travel, aligning with Red Sea Global’s vision for a recovering future. 

Last Updated on March 19, 2024 by News Editor

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