Saudi Arabia announces ‘active lifestyle’ area of Neom

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Saudi Arabia has announced plans to add a sports and wellbeing district to its massive Neom development in the northwest of the kingdom.

The “Norlana” area will contain space for 3,000 residents in 711 properties, two hotels and a 120-berth marina and club for superyachts. Among these properties will be mansions, apartments and villas built into sand dunes.

There will also be an 18-hole golf course in the mountains, an equestrian and polo centre, as well as facilities for sailing and diving.

Hong Kong architect 10 Design, which handled the concept design, said its aim was to make it appear as if Norlana’s buildings were growing out of mountains.

A Neom press release added that the form of the project was intended to maximise sustainability and preserve land and marine habitats.

Plans were recently announced for two other Neom resorts, the Epicon district, also won by 10 Design, and the Siranna development, to be formed of hexagonal pillars inspired by the Gulf of Aqaba’s rugged terrain.

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