The marina town was built within the framework of a general plan for developing yacht tourism along the Red Sea coast. Its first phase of construction provides a hotel, three motels, 65 shops, 14 restaurants and 121 apartments. Planning was based on the creation of an image of an old city, with narrow alleyways, different building elements and a range of arch types and elevations (the latter inspired mainly by Yemeni architecture). A flat slab/hollow block structural system was combined with local building techniques, such as using mud brick for building arches, mouldings, decorative screens and parapets.
Abu Tig Marina Town Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.