Saudi Arabia unveils plans for futuristic ski resort
Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for its first-ever year-round ski resort – a futuristic, luxurious superproject nestled in the mountains of the desert kingdom that will be 33 times the size of New York.
TROJENA, which will boast its own village, wellness centers, an “interactive nature reserve”, will be part of a $500 billion city-state called NEOM.
NEOM, which is a combination of the Greek word for new, “neo”, and the Arabic word “mustaqbal” or “future”, will be spread over 10,000 square miles of Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk province in the northwestern part of the countryside. .
The project includes the construction of a huge artificial freshwater lake and a “vertical village in the mountain” known as the Vault, according to Middle East Eye.
NEOM is located in one of the most mountainous regions of the country. The region’s peaks reach some 8,530 feet above sea level.
There are also plans to build “Slope Residences” – luxury mansions that overlook the man-made lake and its surroundings.
The project is expected to attract approximately 700,000 visitors and 7,000 permanent residents by 2030. It is expected to be completed by 2026.
The Saudi government expects the project to generate 10,000 jobs and $800 million.
The NEOM website said the man-made village will include “tailor-made experiences where reality and imagination are combined”.
“TROJENA will redefine mountain tourism for the world by creating a place based on the principles of ecotourism, underscoring our efforts to preserve nature and improve the quality of community life,” said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a press release.
“[It] will be an important addition to tourism in the region, a unique example of how Saudi Arabia creates destinations based on its geographic and environmental diversity.
The Saudi king has tried to project the image of a modernizing kingdom despite the government’s repressive human rights record.