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Local Name:
نيوم‎
Budget:
500B
Announced:
04 Oct 2017
Construction Start:
Jan 2019
Opening:
2025
Area:
Developer:
NEOM
Operator:
Louvre Hotels Group
Consultants:
Designers:
Contractors:
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Other Suppliers:



  1. Neom will have robot workers, flying cars, beaches with glow-in-the-dark sand and an artificial moon.
    Saudi Arabian officials have called it “the world’s most ambitious project” and “an entire new land, purpose-built for a new way of living”.
    Some of the proposed highlights at Neom include “cloud seeding”, whereby technology is used to make artificial clouds to make it rain and create a more favourable climate; an amusement park populated by robot dinosaurs; flying taxis; a giant fake moon; and glow-in-the-dark sand along the Red Sea coastline.
    Set to be 33 times the size of New York City when complete, Neom is a planned 16-borough city on the Red City coast in Saudi Arabia’s north-western province of Tabuk. The US$500 billion is coming from the country’s Public Investment Fund, while the government hopes to attract millions more in foreign investment.
    The Neom project was announced in 2017, with Bin Salman saying he wanted Neom to attract the “world’s greatest minds and best talents”. The Wall Street Journal reported on planning documents in which Bin Salman “envisions Neom the largest city globally by GDP”.
    Cameras, drones and facial recognition will be everywhere, and a genetic modification project has been proposed – Japanese tech giant Softbank has cited plans to create “a new way of life from birth to death reaching genetic mutations to increase human strength and IQ”.
    Source:
    https://globetrender.com/2019/10/21/saudi-arabia-neom/

  2. NEOM artwork (no joke):


  3. Delayed, as expected.

    The plummeting oil prices and the economic crunch due to coronavirus have delayed the construction of Saudi Arabia's futuristic megacity 'Neom' project. The futuristic tech-hub was set to be completed in 2025 and accommodate one million people, costing an estimated $500billion (£413billion).

    This megacity project is planned to be built-in Moroccan-style opulent buildings and palaces which will include helipads, a marina, a golf course and will be lit by a giant artificial moon. So far only a few palaces and helipads are reported to have been built in Neom.
    Source:
    https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/saudi-arabias-megacity-protect-worth-413b-delays-due-plunging-oil.html

  4. News from today:

    A futuristic city planned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast as a showpiece of his reform plans is in crisis after police shot dead one of the project’s leading critics.

    Abdul-Rahim al-Huwaiti had earlier posted videos online saying that he was one of many people refusing to leave their properties to make way for the $US500bn ($788bn) Neom scheme, and that he fully expected to die as a result.
    Neom has been lampooned abroad as a fantasy. The prince wants it to be home to virtual reality industries and to feature flying cars, robot maids, a joint tourist development with neighbouring Jordan and Egypt, and facial recognition technology that will monitor everyone wherever they go.

    A consultancy report leaked to The Wall Street Journal last year discussed the fate of the 20,000 people living in the 16,000sq km of desert and shoreline that will be affected. It said those able to develop “Neom-appropriate skills” should stay, but the rest could be moved on.

    On Wednesday the International Monetary Fund issued its latest report querying the Gulf states’ financial underpinnings. “Measured in real terms, oil prices have not been this low since 2001,” it said.
    Source:
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/saudi-princes-780bn-future-city-dream-shattered/news-story/e9d93cd8201bf1eefc03a4d9d7346099

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    And last but not least, a bit further north, two operating resorts, the Royal Tulip Sharma and the Hyat - with only one 't':



    Royal Tulip:



    Hyat Sharma:

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    King Salman's gargantuan palace retreat further north-west:



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    Chalets and resort construction sites a few kilometers north of the airport:





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    NEOM Bay Airport. Small in comparison to Sharm El Sheikh's in Egypt.



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    Let's take a look at the NEOM coastline.



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