While the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is causing a lot of talk, the awarding of the 2029 Asian Winter Games to Saudi Arabia looks very much like another ecological aberration.
The announcement will undoubtedly make noise. While the World Cup in Qatar is causing controversy, the awarding of the 2029 Asian Winter Games to a country like Saudi Arabia is also likely to cause controversy. Beyond the geopolitical questions that arise for the two countries, here is the continuation of the series of air-conditioned stadiums in Qatar: the ski slopes in an essentially desert country.
It’s good to learn from your mistakes. https://t.co/MJGnmc4ibD
— Ilias Grandjean (@IliasGrandjean) October 4, 2022
“The deserts and mountains of Saudi Arabia will soon be a playground for winter sports,” rejoices the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in the press release announcing the decision taken this Tuesday during its general assembly in Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Generally, this competition takes place in Japan or China, countries more accustomed to hosting this type of event.
In the futuristic city of Neom
Concretely, these Asian Winter Games will take place in Neom, the futuristic city that Mohammed ben Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, wishes to build. An avant-garde project, at an estimated cost of 500 billion dollars, which aims to be self-sufficient in energy terms. The main city will be built in particular as a huge straight line of 170 kilometers, able to accommodate 9 million inhabitants.
N E O M 🌆 City In Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦
Saudi Arabia has Started Building Such a City 🌃
— Loy Afghanistan Movement (@loy_afghan_mo) October 3, 2022
And skiing in all this? The project includes the construction of a winter sports complex called Trojena, which will be located in the main mountain range of the country, between 1500 and 2600 meters above sea level. The ambition is for this resort to be able to accommodate 700,000 visitors per year, and 7,000 permanent residents.
Introducing TROJENA – a unique travel destination in the mountains of NEOM.🏔️
— NEOM (@NEOM) March 3, 2022