Saudi Arabia to develop Trojena, a futuristic new mountain retreat

Outdoor skiing, snowboarding and watersports will sit alongside family-friendly resorts, world-class restaurants and shops…

Saudi Arabia’s diverse topography welcomes travellers to explore rolling deserts, crystal clear oceans, bustling cities and verdant villages. But with the unveiling of a new giga project, Trojena, the Kingdom cements itself as a destination that’s got it all.

Trojena, part of the supersized NEOM masterplan, was unveiled this week by H.RH. Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Chairman of the NEOM Company Board of Directors, described as a destination that will ‘redefine mountain tourism.’

With its one-of-a-kind architecture, Trojena will see an array of resorts, restaurants and shops developed harmoniously to compliment the existing NEOM mountain landscape. Among the experiences on offer for travellers, skiers will be able to get their thrills on an array of ski runs that vary in difficulty, backdropped by breathtaking views. The blue waters of the Red Sea, beauty of the NEOM mountain ranges and the golden desert sand dunes will provide skiers a first-of-its-kind experience that combines these diverse environments with fun-filled and adventurous moments.

The project is set for completion by 2026, and by 2030 expects to welcome 700,000 visitors per year, as well as 7,000 permanent residents.

The new year-round tourist destination will be divided into six districts: Gateway, Discover, Valley, Explore, Relax and Fun, all of which will offer a diverse array of activities and experiences. A year-round ski village will offer Apres vibes in the Saudi mountains, complete with a wide range of restaurants and shops, while hotel highlights include ‘The Bow’ – an ultra-luxury architectural masterpiece; and the Vault, a vertical village within the mountains overlooking a stunning man made freshwater lake.

In addition to adrenaline-pumping sports activities including a ski slope, snowboarding, watersports and mountain biking, visitors will be able to enjoy the spoils of a interactive nature reserve. Sports, art, music, cultural festivals and a range of recreational activities will ensure there’s something going on, whatever time of year you choose to visit.

To reach Trojena, thrill seekers will head to the heart of NEOM, 50 kilometers from the Gulf of Aqaba coast. It’s a region characterised by a mountain range with the highest peaks in Saudi Arabia, at approximately 2,600 meters above sea level.