The $500 billion futuristic city project NEOM in Saudi Arabia will host the 2029 Asian Winter Games. The bid centers on Trojena, which is planned to be a year-round ski resort by 2026 and the first outdoor ski resort in the Gulf.
“The deserts and mountains of Saudi Arabia will soon be a playground for winter sports,” the Olympic Council of Asia said in a statement.
“With the unlimited support by the Saudi leadership & HRH Crown Prince to the sports sector, we are proud to announce we have won the bid to host AWG TROJENA 2029 as the first country in west Asia,” Saudi Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki tweeted.
The Trojena development within NEOM includes a year-round ski complex, a freshwater lake, and luxury hotels, according to NEOM’s official website. Trojena is about 30 miles from the Saudi coastline, and winter temperatures are often below freezing.
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