Saudi Arabian desert city is said to have hosted a winter doctor

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Phnom Penh. Saudi Arabia has been appointed as the host of the Asian Winter Games, which in 2029 will take place in the futuristic metropolis “Neom”, which is under construction in the northwestern part of the country.

According to the AFP news agency, the Saudi bid was unanimously approved by the Olympic Committee of Asia (OCA) at a meeting in Phnom Penh. It will be the first time ever that the Games will be held in West Asia.

– Soon the desert and mountains of Saudi Arabia will be a playground for winter sports, reads an announcement from the OCA.

“Neom” is a planned giant city that will stretch between two skyscrapers located 170 kilometers apart. The project is also called “The Line”.

The Winter Games will take place in Trojena, an area where the winter temperature drops below freezing. According to the plan, the area will be completed in 2026 and will, among other things, have a ski facility for year-round use.

The entire city project will cost 500 billion dollars, corresponding to 3800 billion Danish kroner.

The idea is for the city to run entirely on renewable energy, and it has gained attention for plans for flying taxis and robot servants.

Saudi Arabia has been criticized for engaging in so-called “sportswashing”. The country has for several years organized Formula 1 races, just as the state investment fund owns the English Premier League club Newcastle.


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