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Saudi Arabia's $500 billion megacity: NEOM KSA

The development of the NEOM region inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken initial steps since its inception in 2017. The big budget project has set high goals for the future of living and working. With a boost budget of 500 billion US Dollars and an area 26,500 square kilometers in size some innovation and spectacular events could be expected.

Currently three main development efforts are taking place: The extremely heavily promoted city of the future “The Line” with its 500-meter-tall landscape cutting reflective walls, the water-floating 8-sided and 7-kilometer-wide swimming logistics and industrial hub called Oxagon, and the high above Ski-Resort Trojena which is hosting the 2029 outdoor Asian Winter Games in the desert.

The core ideas of NEOM include the rise to be a regional Silicon Valley, realizing the dream to be a futuristic tourism destination, and gaining recognition through unseen Mega Sports Events. NEOM in the Tabuk province has a lot of unique offers as a desert region with a rich coastal area. With an arid hot desert climate showing rainfall of maximal 412mm and temperatures rising to 44 °C the region still has a very biodiverse ecosystem around the camels.


The planned technology infrastructure focuses on total digital connectivity. With its own hyperscale data center (ZeroPoint DC) and wireless and fiber cable networking worth a billion US Dollars data from everything and everyone is harvested for the smart city. For entertainment Glow-in-the dark beaches and a fake moon will help the Futurists to live the life of the future.

Facts
NEOM1 trillion USD Investmentarea of 26,500 square km ( larger than Kuwait or Israel)powered by 100% renewable energy450,000 people living there by 2026
The parts of NEOM areThe Line (City, 170km long)Oxagon (logistics area, 33 times the size of New York City)Trojena (outdoor skiing destination, highest peaks in Saudi Arabia with 2,600 metres above sea level for 700,000 Tourists)
The Line200-metre-wide series of "modules"two 500-metre-high walls170-km-long mirrored exterior facadesNo cars
Oxagon8-sided, 7 km wideFloating on waterpopulation of 90,00070,000 jobs by the year 2030
Trojenahosting 2029 Asian Winter Games in the desertheight of 1,500 bto 2,600 m6 different districts3,600 hotel rooms42,000 square-metre retail and dining spaces
Nature
Climaterainfall rate 57.5 mm/year (between 11 and 412 mm)average temperature is 22.5 °C (maximum reaches 44 °C and minimum 9 °C)
Animals in NEOM (Biodivesity)7 major animal groups (including lots of camels)35 mammal species37 reptile species167 bird species
Plants in NEOM (Biodivesity)106 species86 genera36 families
Vision
Core ideasregional silicon valleyfuturistic tourism destinationMega Sports Events
HighlightsGlow-in-the dark beachesBillions of new treesLevitating trainsA fake moon
Digital Connectivity200m USD Joint venture with Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite operator OneWeb300km of fiber cables200 5G cell sites500m USD NEOM hyperscale data center (ZeroPoint DC)
TransportationNEOM BAY airportSpine Layer Tunnel Logistics and Transportation(The line) with Ultra High speed subway, AI enabled transportHigh-speed rail between partsNo cars
Pushing the boundaries
NEOS Data SystemHarvests 90% of peoples dataEach resident of Neom will have a unique ID numberSuper App Ecosystem
Employees for planning the futureInternational architectsFuturistsHollywood production designers
Legal frameworksale of alcohol had not been ruled outResidents of NEOM will be classified the same as living in other parts of the Kingdomcompletely under Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty and regulations,

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