Saudi Arabia Is Building a New $500 Billion City That Will be a Futuristic Utopia by the Sea, Desert, and Mountains
Saudi Arabia has big plans for its future as it looks beyond its oil-rich past and onto new horizons in order to diversify its economy. It’s creating a $500 billion-dollar futuristic city on the stunning coast of the Red Sea in the Tabuk Province that also has an enticing combo of ancient deserts and picturesque mountains. This utopian city is called Neom and it plans to be “a self-sufficient residential haven powered entirely by renewable energy.” It will merge science, advanced technology, and nature and march to the beat of its own drum – with the help of humans, robotic avatars, and holograms.
Considered “perhaps the most ambitious project in the world,” Neom, which will be spread across mountains, desert, and sea, will be made up of three main districts. The Line, a 160-kilometer-long sustainable city will be home to one million residents. Oxagon is anticipated to be the largest floating industrial complex in the world. The majestic, high-altitude Trojena is located 50 kilometers from the Gulf of Aqaba coast and is engulfed in gorgeous ranges of the Sarawat Mountains with elevations ranging from 1,500 meters to 2,600 meters.
Adventurers will thrive at Trojena, which will have a ski slope, mountain biking, watersports, and world-class wellness facilities. Plus, it will also feature an interactive nature reserve. There will also be a made-made Neom Lake on a mountain top, which will feature watersports, and also serve as a venue for hosting festivals and events. The main gateway into Trojena, will be a futuristic destination called The Vault, which is “a folded-vertical village that connects the physical and digital worlds.” It’s “where people, robotic avatars and holograms can co-exist, interact and engage in various activities and events.” It will also offer shops, restaurants, entertainment and a public park. While Neom anticipates eventually being car-free, it’s considering electric hybrids and experimenting with flying taxis, etc.
Neom is projected to have millions of residents and visitors by 2030, according to the project’s head of tourism. The expectation is that people will begin arriving in 2024 when the smart city’s first hotels open. Currently, there are about 2,000 “Neomians” already living there – along with roughly 10,000 construction workers.
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