New Lighting Standards Implemented by the Red Sea

Global efforts to protect dark skies are growing, with Red Sea Global focusing on the Middle East’s desert landscape. The Red Sea is set to become the only certified Dark Sky Reserve, preserving local communities and ecosystems. The Red Sea, a global Dark Sky Reserve, values the connection between stars and humanity, rooted in Arabian culture. It collaborates with Dark Sky International to develop lighting benchmarks for the hospitality industry.

The Red Sea’s luxury resorts, including Six Senses Southern Dunes and St. Regis is implementing sustainable lighting strategies to protect wildlife and guests. These strategies use programmable digital control systems and astronomical timers to adapt to environmental seasonal changes, ensuring a comfortable and eco-friendly experience.

Red Sea Global is focusing on reducing light pollution in its deserts, offering guests astrophotography sessions, campfire storytelling, and stargazing excursions. The company plans to upgrade external lighting in villages and neighbouring cities to reduce sky glow and operate more sustainably, protecting nocturnal and diurnal wildlife and preserving the dark sky. The endangered species like the Hawksbill Sea Turtle also are adversely affected by the light pollution which can deter nesting and disrupt reproductive success.