Located in Egypt, Sahl Hasheesh International Resort Community was designed by WATG. Is Egypt taking a page from Dubai’s playbook and building with mega-resort cities? Here’s one example as, Irvine, Calif.-based firm Wimberley Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) has completed the master plan for the Sahl Hasheesh International Resort Community – Phase III, a large mixed-use development on the Red Sea.
The 4,090-hectare (10,105 acres) site in Hurghada, Egypt will feature civic centers, a new university, schools, business park, apartments and hotels. Designed for client Egyptian Resorts Company (ERC), the development is seeking to claim the title of world’s largest resort.
WATG’s challenge was to come up with a world-class, integrated resort development that would be the largest resort destination in Egypt. Knowing that introducing a development of this scale was unprecedented in the region, the architects also sought to make sure the design includes a sound understanding of the regional context and culture.