The project given the name ‘TROJENA’ will be an important addition to tourism as a whole. Located in Saudi Arabia, the project is set to create a futuristic vertical mountain village with two-mile man made lake and a ski resort.
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently revealed ambitions for the kingdom’s first ski resort, which will include a village, luxury and health resorts, as well as an ‘interactive nature reserve,’ with 700,000 visitors expected by 2030.
The TROJENA super-project is the latest to be announced as part of NEOM, a $500 billion city-state proposed for Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk region, nearby its borders with Jordan and Egypt.
The word is a mix of the Greek word neos, which means ‘new,’ and the Arabic word mustaqbal, which means ‘future.’
According to the Middle East Eye, TROJENA will have an all-year ski village, a nearly two-mile man-made freshwater lake, and the Vault, a ‘vertical village within the mountain with a fusion of technology, entertainment and hospitality facilities.’
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It will be located in the heart of NEOM, approximately 31 miles from the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba, in a hilly region with Saudi Arabia’s tallest mountains, which rise to 8,530 feet above sea level.
The resort will also offer ‘Slope Residences,’ which are exquisite residences with views of the lake and its surroundings.
TROJENA will not only be used for skiing, but also for watersports and mountain biking, with the proposal scheduled to be finished by 2026.
Bin Salman said of the ambitious endeavour, announced earlier this month: ‘TROJENA will redefine mountain tourism for the world by creating a place based on the principles of ecotourism, highlighting our efforts to preserve nature and enhance the community’s quality of life, which is aligned with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
‘It also confirms our commitment to be part of the global effort to protect the environment.
‘TROJENA will be an important addition to tourism in the region, a unique example of how Saudi Arabia is creating destinations based on its geographical and environmental diversity.
‘This forward-looking vision will ensure that mountain tourism will be another revenue stream to support the Kingdom’s economic diversification while still preserving its natural resources for future generations.’
By 2030, the plans hope to attract ‘700,000 visitors and 7,000 permanent residents to live in TROJENA and its adjacent residential districts by 2030,’ as well as create ‘more than 10,000 jobs and add SAR 3 billion to the Kingdom’s GDP by 2030.’
NEOM CEO Nadhmi Al-Nasr added: ‘TROJENA represents NEOM’s values and bold plans as a land where nature and innovative technologies come together to form a unique global experience.
‘This new development is a major contribution to achieving Noem’s long-term ambitions by adhering to the principles of sustainability and utilizing state-of-the-art technology and engineering, across various disciplines, to make NEOM an all-round and attractive world-class destination.’
TROJENA, according to NEOM, ‘will be made up of six districts: Gateway, Discover, Valley, Explore, Relax and Fun, all of which are designed to offer activities catering to a variety of tastes and needs.’
‘TROJENA aims to change current perceptions of visitors and residents about the services that can be provided by mountain resorts, through its exceptional design, advanced architecture and technology that integrates reality with the virtual world,’ according to a news release from the project.
Earlier in the month, the prince invited Manhattan bankers and investors to a conference in April to help generate investment for NEOM, which would include three manmade cities and a ski resort.
Bin Salman wants to transform a rural area on the kingdom’s northwestern Red Sea coast into a high-tech transport center the size of Belgium, complete with robotics and artificial intelligence, as part of a strategy to disassociate the nation off oil and relax social constraints.
The nation revealed intentions in November to construct an eight-sided port town which will float on the Red Sea.
Oxagon, the intended industrial zone, is advertised as a ‘a comprehensive cognitive city’ that will use robotics and AI and serve as a NEOM industrial port center.
Authorities believe it will be a net-zero town, meaning it will be totally powered by renewable energy.
Saudi Arabia began construction on The Line, a futuristic desert metropolis free of automobiles and highways and fueled entirely by renewable energy, in the same month, with inhabitants scheduled to move in as soon as 2024.
According to The Wall Street Journal, other proposals for NEOM incorporate flying drone taxis, a Jurassic Park–style amusement park featuring robotic dinosaurs, and the world’s largest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants.
In its most expensive tourist campaign, it announced plans for a 1.6 million sq ft floating entertainment park on an oil rig, complete with roller coaster rides, extreme sports, and waterslides spread across interconnecting platforms.
The massive ‘The Rig’ project will comprise three hotels and 11 restaurants, as well as swimming pools, a Ferris wheel, and white-knuckle rides high above the sparkling Persian Gulf.
This month, digital renderings of the enormous engineering accomplishment were unveiled, showcasing a big dock for cruise ship accessibility, a performance venue, gondolas flowing between the sea platforms, and an underwater restaurant.