Saudi Arabia will host the 2029 Asian Winter Games. becoming the first country in West Asia to do so. The setting that will host this multi-sport event is the Trojena resort, which is being built in the futuristic city of Neom, on the shores of the Red Sea, and is expected to be completed in 2026. The announcement was made at a meeting of the General Assembly of the Asia Olympic Council held in Cambodia.
Saudi Sports Minister Abdulaziz bin Turki He pointed out that “we are proud to announce that we have won the bid to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games. This will continue to position the kingdom as one of the leading countries in sport”. More than 30 countries are expected to compete in sports events ranging from alpine skiing to ice hockey, cross-country skiing and figure skating, among others.
The desert climate of Saudi Arabia has not been an obstacle to hosting the competition. Trojena is a project framed within Neom, the country’s commitment to creating a futuristic city the size of Belgium, which has been designed to offer tourist activities all year round. This includes 30 kilometers of ski slopes at 2,600 meters of altitude during the winter months. Added to the possibilities of the Saudi candidacy are the facilities that Trojena will house, which will include a wide range of hotels and leisure and gastronomic offers, as well as the fact that 40% of the population is within a maximum radius of 6 hours thanks to the proximity of the place with international airports.
Trojena is part of the initiatives that the Government of Saudi Arabia is promoting in the Vision 2030 framework, a path with which it seeks to diversify its economy based on the principles of “sustainability and quality of life of the community”, among other pillars.