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NEOM: Top 8 projects launched in the last six months

Learn about the key projects in NEOM like Treyam, Gidori, Elanan, and more, offering luxury experiences blending with the majestic surroundings

NEOM: Top eight projects launched in the last six months

NEOM, launched in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is a futuristic region in Saudi Arabia powered by 100% renewable energy. Led by the Public Investment Fund, NEOM prioritises people and nature, creating a new model for sustainable living. It aims to be a place where humanity can progress without compromising the health of the planet, emphasising sustainable working and prospering.

The name NEOM is a combination of the Ancient Greek prefix “neo” meaning “new” and the Arabic word “Mustaqbal” meaning “future”. The letter “M” in NEOM represents both the word “Mustaqbal” and the first letter of the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

NEOM encompasses an area of around 10,200 square miles (26,500 square kilometres) in north-western Saudi Arabia. This is around the size of Albania. The area is bounded by the Red Sea to the south and the Gulf of Aqaba to the west.

NEOM is preparing for its first wave of tourists this year and is showcasing its progress through the unveiling of new locations and ongoing construction. Alongside projects like The Line, Trojena, Oxagon, and Sindalah, NEOM has also announced more developments in the past six months.

Here is an overview of all the key projects launched in the last six months:

1. Treyam

Treyam, the latest addition to NEOM in Saudi Arabia, features an audacious design with minimal land intervention. The resort provides guests with an elevated haven to relax and enjoy the stunning natural surroundings. It is a place where visitors can unwind, re-energise, and bask in the beauty of the majestic surroundings.

Treyam is a luxury resort strategically located at the opening of a beautiful azure lagoon in the Gulf of Aqaba. Its unique bridge-like architecture connects the northern and southern shores, housing 250 luxury rooms. The innovative design of the bridge creates a sunset-like illusion from afar, while offering panoramic views of the tidal lagoon and expansive skies. Treyam invites guests to embrace active lifestyles while harmoniously blending into the natural landscape of the shoreline.

The rooftop of Treyam features a 450-meter-long infinity pool that offers a stunning view of the lagoon and vibrant corals below. Situated 36 metres above the sea, guests can enjoy an awe-inspiring experience of seemingly floating with a panoramic view of the tranquil waters extending to the horizon.

Treyam is also designed for adventure and endeavour, offering a variety of exhilarating pursuits including sailing, diving, and other water sports, as well as exciting land-based activities. Guests can enjoy technology-enhanced health and wellness offerings, fitness amenities, luxury spa treatments, and a selection of epicurean cuisines and fine dining options.

2. Gidori

Gidori is a private golf community located in the coastal hills of the Gulf of Aqaba within NEOM, a regional development in northwest Saudi Arabia. Set amidst stunning scenery, Gidori will offer an exclusive experience for golf enthusiasts looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

It will feature ambitious architecture that harmoniously blends with the dramatic natural landscape. The development will include luxury hospitality, premium residences, and a diverse range of sports and leisure amenities.

Located along the Gulf of Aqaba coastline, Gidori will combine golf and leisure in a modern community. The beach-front complex will feature a cantilevered structure housing luxury apartments, dining options, retail stores, and garden spaces.

Gidori will offer an 18-hole championship golf course that winds through low hills and rocky outcrops, providing a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. The course boasts innovative design, stunning coastal views, and advanced technology. The clubhouse will offer sophisticated hospitality, while the golf academy provides expert coaching for both traditional and e-sports.

3. Elanan

Elanan will be a luxury guest retreat located in the heart of nature within NEOM, a sustainable development in northwest Saudi Arabia. The retreat will be situated on the Gulf of Aqaba coastline, where the mountains meet the sea, surrounded by a lush oasis fed by ancient natural springs. With 80 bespoke rooms and suites, Elanan will focus on well-being and offer a unique nature resort experience that engages all the senses.

Elanan will be a luxurious guest retreat in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, offering a modern approach to wellness in a natural setting. The retreat will focus on relaxation and reflection, with signature facilities to help guests recharge and find tranquillity. The architecture of Elanan will combine modern design techniques with natural harmony, creating a unique and innovative experience that blends seamlessly with the surrounding beauty of nature.

Guests at the location can explore plazas, enjoy private dining, relax in the sun garden, and take in views from the observation tower. The serene embrace of nature awaits visitors upon arrival, providing a rejuvenating experience from start to finish.

4. Xaynor

Xaynor will offer a secluded beachfront destination for club members to relax and unwind in a luxurious and sophisticated environment. With its striking architectural design and curated interior, Xaynor will be a perfect spot for leisure, entertainment, and quality conversations by the pristine coastline.

Arriving at Xaynor, guests will be welcomed by a stunning canopy entrance that seamlessly blends with the natural surroundings and leads down to the beach. The architectural design of Xaynor will effortlessly combine hidden retreats and open spaces for guests to enjoy. With a focus on coastal luxury, guests can experience private pools, beachside lounges, gourmet dining, an entertainment venue, and a top-notch spa and wellness centre. Whether seeking privacy or socialising, Xaynor will offer the best in contemporary luxury for a memorable stay.

Xaynor will also offer boutique shopping and leisure options, along with members-only experiences tailored in partnership with top fashion, art, and lifestyle brands.

5. Zardun

Zardun will be a luxury resort in the NEOM region that will seamlessly blend contemporary design with nature. Located overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, the resort will consist of four ultra-luxury buildings that harmonise with the surrounding landscape. The goal of Zardun will be to redefine luxury within an environmental context and provide a premium ecotourism experience for guests seeking a unique and sustainable getaway.

Covering an impressive four square kilometres, Zardun will be a carefully restored haven filled with native plants and animals. Stretching down from the mountains to the seashore, its breathtaking beauty will be experienced on arrival by visitors at its state-of-the-art experience centre, which includes a 360-degree observation deck.

Zardun will consist of three boutique hotels, totalling 100 rooms and suites, all designed with a focus on sustainability. Each hotel will have a unique theme, allowing guests to experience a variety of stunning views of the valley and sea.

6. Aquellum

Aquellum will be a futuristic resort nestled within a mountain range along the Gulf of Aqaba. The resort will boast cutting-edge technology, avant-garde architecture, and forward-thinking concepts, offering guests a taste of futuristic living through pioneering experiences. Hidden from the outside world, Aquellum will harmoniously integrate into its natural surroundings, providing a unique and inspiring environment for guests to explore and enjoy. This innovative destination will push the boundaries of design and construction possibilities, aiming to inspire originality and imagination in all who visit.

Visitors to this underground community will be greeted with a thrilling 100-meter-high vertical experience, featuring a spectacular courtyard extending from the water to the sky. The digitalised space will seamlessly integrate hotel accommodations, apartments, retail areas, leisure and entertainment zones, and innovative hubs, creating a vibrant and interconnected atmosphere for all who enter.

A dynamic boulevard will wind through the courtyard, connecting diverse social spaces, world-class hospitality, immersive arts, events, shopping, and dining. At the heart of the space will be ‘The Generator’, a signature area that will house research labs for disruptors, innovators, and creative thinkers.

7. Norlana

Situated along the Gulf of Aqaba, Norlana will offer a luxurious and modern living experience for 3,000 residents. The community will boast 711 residential properties, including mansions, apartments, and beach villas seamlessly integrated with the surrounding dunes. Norlana will set a pioneering standard for sustainable living, combining contemporary luxury with advanced technology to create a unique and exclusive environment for its residents to enjoy.

Norlana will boast a state-of-the-art 120-berth marina that will serve as an international hub for superyachts, with water taxi services available for residents and guests. The superyacht members club will be a place where like-minded yachting enthusiasts can unwind and enjoy exceptional dining experiences and service while taking in stunning waterfront views.

Aligned with NEOM’s commitment to conservation, Norlana will complement its coastal location and be delivered innovatively and sustainably. With a focus on preserving the surrounding land and marine environments, Norlana will offer the pinnacle of ultra-luxury modern living through a harmonious blend of nature and technology.

8. Utamo

Utamo, nestled in a mountain along the Gulf of Aqaba coastline, will be a venue for music events, exhibitions, and art activations. It aims to revolutionise traditional entertainment experiences by integrating natural beauty with technology. The design will seamlessly fuse art and architecture, offering visitors a one-of-a-kind experience.

Guests arriving at Utamo will follow a garden promenade lined with over 50 species of shrubs, herbs, and flowers before entering the grand hall. The 64-metre-high entrance, designed to honour art and design, will create a stunning first impression and set the stage for the amazing experiences that await inside.

Utamo is a futuristic theatre that combines reality with the digital realm, setting new standards for entertainment. With a versatile performance space, VIP lounges, and unique restaurants, it will become a premier event venue. Hosting performances by top artists from around the world, Utamo promises to be one of the most exclusive and innovative entertainment spaces globally.