Plans unveiled for Zardun wildlife retreat in NEOM

Plans unveiled for Zardun wildlife retreat in NEOM

Destination is among several being developed in Saudi Arabia's new economic zone

Plans have been announced for the development of Zardun, a luxury nature resort in new economic zone NEOM, one of Saudi's giga-projects currently under construction. 

The destination is the latest in a series of coastal assets that form part of the ongoing developments taking place across NEOM. Stretching from the mountains to the shore, the location is a natural haven for native plants and animals. 

Overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, Zardun will have four "signature buildings" that merge with the surrounding landscape and offer a "premium ecotourism experience for discerning guests" across three distinct boutique hotels comprising a total of 100 rooms and suites. Each hotel will have a different theme.

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Activities at Zardun will include trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, stargazing, meditation and yoga. In addition, guests will be invited to join in educational and field programmes on nature protection, conservation and 'rewilding'.

A NEOM spokesperson said: "Zardun's sustainability strategy will encompass all aspects of environmental stewardship and will include the creation of a series of oases to support diverse habitats. These life-giving water sources will facilitate the re-introduction and nurturing of native animals, tree and plant species."


In addition, Zardun will support a vibrant ecosystem along its coastline, including the conservation of coral reefs and other marine life in the Gulf of Aqaba, underlining NEOM's commitment to environmental preservation.

NEOM is in the northwest Tabuk Province. The name is a bilingual portmanteau of 'new future' from the Ancient Greek prefix neo, meaning 'new', and 'm' from mustaqbal, an Arabic word for 'future'.

Other NEOM destinations to be recently announced include Leyja, Epicon, Siranna, Utamo, Norlana and Aquellum developments as sustainable tourism destinations within the Gulf of Aqaba.

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