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NEOM The City will be 33 times bigger then the New York

Shahid Kharal
Saudi Arabia is building a futuristic mega-city called Neom deep in a desert bordering the Red Sea.
The state has pledged at least $500 billion to make it happen and is soliciting further investment.
Blueprints obtained by the Wall Street Journal detail wild plans for artificial rain, a fake moon, robotic maids, and holographic teachers.
Phase one is completed in 2020, with the final brick laid in 2025. It is unclear whether it will live up to its sky-high expectations.
Here is everything we know about the city which Saudi Arabia says will be 33 times the size of New York City.
Saudi Arabia is building a futuristic mega-city 33 times the size of New York City from scratch.

Nadhmi al-Nasr, the CEO of Neom, at the Future Investment Initiative FII conference in Riyadh on October 25, 2018. (Getty)


Saudi officials describe it as “the world’s most ambitious project.”
It is called Neom, a planned 16-borough city on the Red Sea coast in the north western Saudi province of Tabuk.
Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman told Bloomberg in October 2018 that Neom will be completed in 2025, and phase one is nearing completion.
Here’s everything we know about it so far.
Neom is a portmanteau of the Greek word neos, meaning “new,” and mustaqbal, the Arabic word for “future.”
Noem : It will cover 10,230 square miles and cost Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund at least $500 billion — plus millions in foreign investment if it can get it.

In 2017, Neom hired three of the world’s
largest consultancy firms — McKinsey & Co,
Boston Consulting, and Oliver Wyman —
to advise. (Source: Reuters)
The proposed site for the Neom project
A hologram of Princess Leia from
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
(Source: The wall street journal)
In this March 30, 2018, photo, a motorist
waits at a traffic light while the waxing full
moon rises in Overland Park, Kansas.
(Source: Associated Press)
A drone taxi during an exhibition on ‘Neom’,
a new business and industrial city, in Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia, October 25, 2017.
(Source: HamadMohammed/Reuters
Glow-in-the-dark blue waves caused by the
phenomenon known as harmful algal bloom
or “red tide”, are seen at night near Sam Mun
Tsai beach in Hong Kong.
(Source: The wall Street journal)


Neom is part of Vision 2030: an ambitious plan to revolutionize Saudi society, reduce dependence on oil, and make the country a technology hub.
In January 2019, Saudi Arabia set up a company, also called Neom, to be the driving force behind the building effort. Neom is supposed to draw on “cloud seeding” technology to make artificial clouds which will produce more rainfall than naturally possible in the desert.
Neom will also have the “leading education system on the planet,” with classes taught by holographic teachers, officials say.
At night Neom is supposed to be illuminated by a giant artificial moon.
People will get about using flying taxis, Saudi officials say.
Neom is working on the notion that, in the future, driving cars will just be for fun, and no longer a method of transportation.
So, people might drive a Ferrari to the coast, but not drive themselves to work.

The state has pledged at least $500 billion to make it happen and is soliciting further investment
It is called Neom, a planned 16-borough city on the Red Sea coast in the north western Saudi province of Tabuk
Saudi officials describe it as “the world’s most ambitious project.” It is called Neom, a planned 16-borough city on the Red Sea coast in the north western Saudi province of Tabuk which will be completed in 2025
It will cover 10,230 square miles


Neom residents will — according to the plan — be able to choose from more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than in any other city.
The Red Sea coastline will be altered, according to the plans, with glow-in-the-dark sand added to its beaches.
Construction work has already started on Neom Bay, phase one of the mega-city.
Nadhmi al-Nasr, the CEO of Neom, at the Future Investment Initiative FII conference in Riyadh on October 25, 2018. Getty
Neom Bay is due to become a residential area with “white beaches, a mild climate and an attractive investment environment,” the Saudi Press Agency said.
Some progress has already been made: Neom Airport is nearly finished and has already been registered as an official international airport.
Neom used a photo of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay in their marketing materials, suggesting they will likely draw inspiration from the South Asian city.
Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, designed by Grant Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Flickr/adforce1
The Saudi government is already hosting events at the site of Neom to generate investment and media attention.
Wingsuit divers soar over the site of Neom as part of the Extreme Sports Event in 2018.
And in October 2019, Neom announced plans for the city to be “one of the world’s most prominent e-gaming hubs.”

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