GKA Freestyle World Cup Hosted By Neom Beach Games 2022 in Saudi Arabia

Published 21st September 2022 by Andrea Susanne Opielka


NEOM Beach Games 2022 to bring together leading global sports events to one unique destination

Neom Beach Games 2022

NEOM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, September 15, 2022:

NEOM, the sustainable regional development taking shape in northwest Saudi Arabia, announced today the NEOM Beach Games 2022 that will bring together leading world class sport events with high performance athletes from over 25 countries, as the region aims to become a hub for sport. The series of major sport events will launch on October 19 and feature five dynamic sports; kitesurfing, triathlon, 3×3 basketball, beach soccer and mountain biking.

Commenting on the announcement, NEOM’s CEO, Nadhmi Al-Nasr, said, “We are delighted to host the NEOM Beach Games which brings together local and international rights holders for five globally popular sports in one diverse location in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. NEOM is a place of unparalleled natural beauty and will be the ideal backdrop for what promises to be a period of exciting competition amongst world-class athletes competing in a variety of challenging sports.”

The dynamic sport event will commence with world cup kitesurfing over the first five days, closely followed by Olympic level competition of short course triathlon on October 29. Other events to be held include an international 3×3 basketball tournament and a four-day beach soccer competition that will see 12 teams from around the world compete in the intense tournament. In total, NEOM will host over 25 nations over these four sports.

The NEOM Beach Games 2022 will then conclude on December 9 with the desert mountain biking race which will host 220 male and female riders from around the world for a four-stage event, varying 80 – 120 kilometers per stage.

Jan Paterson, Managing Director of Sport at NEOM, added, “We are excited to be hosting world class events in NEOM as we aim to develop a sporting hub which will contribute to our evolving sport ecosystem. Partnering with key sporting bodies will strengthen our goals of building a high-performance culture and inspire the next generation of athletes across the region.”

This event marks yet another major activity as part of NEOM’s ambition to host dynamic sports events featuring world class athletes and organizations.

Taking place over six exciting weeks, fans around the world can follow the NEOM Beach Games 2022 as they unfold:

19 – 23 October
Qatar Airways GKA Freestyle World Cup NEOM

29 October
Super League Triathlon NEOM

4-5 November
NEOM FIBA 3×3 Super Quest 2022 (3×3 Basketball)

9-12 November
NEOM Beach Soccer Cup

6-9 December
NEOM Titan Desert (Mountain biking)

About NEOM

NEOM is an accelerator of human progress and a vision of what tomorrow might look like. A region in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea, NEOM is being built from the ground up as a living laboratory – a place where entrepreneurship will chart the course for a New Future. It will be a destination and a home for people who dream big and want to be part of building a new model of exceptional livability, creating thriving businesses and reinventing environmental conservation.

NEOM will include hyperconnected, cognitive cities, ports and enterprise zones, research centers, sports and entertainment venues and tourist destinations. As a hub for innovation, entrepreneurs, business leaders and companies will come to research, incubate and commercialize new technologies and enterprises in groundbreaking ways. Residents of NEOM will embody an international ethos and embrace a culture of exploration, risk-taking and diversity.

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