Saudi Arabia will host the 2029 Asian Winter Games in a city that... does not yet exist

Author: Clark Tos
2022-10-04 16:50:03

Saudi Arabia will soon host the Asian Winter Games 2029. A choice that challenges!

In the midst of a controversy over the possible boycott of the World Cup in Qatar, considered an ecological and humanitarian aberration, the announcement caused a stir.

The Olympic Council of Asia has just designated the very desert Saudi Arabia to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games.

A decision that is all the more surprising since the host city does not yet exist!

Saudi Arabia selected to host 2029 Asian Games

The events will take place in the mountainous region of Neom in the northwest of the country where Trojena will be built, a futuristic megalopolis which is still only in the planning stage.

Located on the shores of the Red Sea, this future ski resort is one of the whims of the ambitious crown prince and leader of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Ben Salman.

The will of the latter to carry out this pharaonic undertaking remains total and no matter if many specialists (architects and other economists) doubt its feasibility.

Trojena is located in an area where temperatures drop below zero degrees in winter and temperatures throughout the year are generally 10 degrees lower “, specify the promoters of the project on their website.

The city-resort, which should be completed in 2026, will include ski slopes ski open all year round, an artificial lake, chalets, mansions or even luxury hotels.

With the Neom project, of which he is the president, Mohamed Ben Salman wishes to “ redefining mountain tourism worldwide ».

Nadhmi Al-Nasr, the prince's right-hand man, affirms for his part that Trojena will be endowed with ' adequate infrastructure to create a winter atmosphere in the heart of the desert, and to make these Winter Games an unprecedented global event ».

As a reminder, the Asian Winter Games host skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey and skating events.

Source: AFP