Saudi Arabia wins bid to host Asian Winter Games 2029

Saudi Arabia wins bid to host Asian Winter Games 2029

A picture taken on September 22, 2020 shows Saudi Arabia's national flag in Riyadh. FAYEZ NURELDINE AFP RIYADH Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it has won a bid to host the Asian Winter Games 2029 at a planned mountain resort in the Gulf Arab state's $500 billion flagship NEOM project.

The TROJENA development is expected to be completed in 2026 and will include outdoor skiing, a man-made freshwater lake and a nature reserve, according to the project's website.

With the unlimited support of the Saudi leadership HRH Crown Prince to the sport sector, we are proud to announce we have won the bid to host AWG TROJENA 2029 as the first country in West Asia, Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal said on Twitter.

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NEOM is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's most ambitious project under the kingdom's Vision 2030 development plan to reduce dependence on oil and transform the economy, including by developing sports.

The NEOM, a 26,500 square-km 10,230 square-mile high-tech development on the Red Sea, will include zero-carbon city The Line as well as industrial and logistics areas.