US engineer Bechtel will work as project management consultant on the mountainous Trojena resort project, which will be part of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Neom development and the site of the 2029 Asian Winter Games.
Trojena, which will be Saudi Arabia’s first outdoor ski resort, will be located 50km from the Gulf of Aqaba. It will have a 57 sq km main development, with elevations ranging from 1,500m to 2,600m and temperatures dropping below zero in winter.
It will have six districts: Gateway, Discover, Valley, Explore, Relax and Fun, which will blend with the natural landscape.
Bechtel will provide technical, commercial and construction management services for the project. Jake Mumm, Bechtel’s regional managing director for infrastructure, said: “Neom is without question the most ambitious project in living memory and we are proud to expand our role to support the Trojena project.
“From a construction perspective, Neom offers once-in-a-lifetime career opportunities for Saudi nationals, who will be helping to open the world’s eyes to the Kingdom’s outstanding natural beauty alongside futuristic technology.”
Philip Gullett, Trojena’s executive director, said: “Neom and Trojena continue to attract international firms as collaborators in a future where people can live, work and play in harmony with nature. Our vision defies current industry practices and lays the foundation of what sustainable regional and tourist developments can be.”
The Trojena resort is due to be completed in late 2026. Neom, a $500bn, 26,500 sq km economic zone is currently under construction.