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Construction of the $500 billion desert city of the future has begun

The heir to the throne reported live on local television in January that a future city with clean energy, free of cars and roads in the desert would be built by Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, by 2024.

Britain’s Daily Mail Online wrote about the upcoming “eco-city” on Tuesday. The article writes that Salman bin Abdulaziz, according to the Saudi Crown Prince The NEOM project will be the first phase of The Line on a central ridge with a length of 168 km, Which will be located along different parts of the city.

Imaginative drawing of the city of NEOMSource: Facebook / Noam City

Greek neom new, this is new and mustache, that is, was born as a combination of a word that comes in the Arabic language. The plan is part of an ambitious vision It aims to make Saudi Arabia independent of oil and transform the country into a Silicon Valley-style technology hub, While it also includes cities, research centers, educational districts, and tourist attractions.

NEOM is one of the drivers of human development and a vision of what the new future might look like.” – Read in the January Connection.

Plans include drone taxis, a Jurassic Park-style theme park with robotic dinosaurs, and Michelin-starred restaurants, the Wall Street Journal writes.

Referred to as the largest carbon-neutral system on the planet, the 16-district city will rely on wind farms, solar energy and the latest technology to convert water into oxygen and hydrogen as fuel.

Achieving NEOM could start with $500 billion and the city would occupy approximately 26,000 square miles In Tabuk Governorate, Saudi Arabia, near the borders of Jordan and Egypt.

NEOM city planSource: NEOM

Bulldozers have already begun building the area, digging tunnels to create three levels of the city – a surface area for pedestrians and two underground layers for transport and infrastructure.

The communications said the communities stretching from the mountains of northwest Saudi Arabia to the Red Sea will be home to up to one million people connected by high-speed transportation and “autonomous mobility solutions.”

Schools, restaurants, shops and other destinations will be within a five-minute walk, and the journey will take no more than twenty minutes – Plans are made. The developers say the linear shape and underground infrastructure will help preserve 95 percent of the landscape. The project is expected to create 380,000 new jobs and increase Saudi Arabia’s GDP by about $48 billion by 2030.

This is what the future city will look likeSource: Facebook / Noam City

Project manager Nazmi Al-Nasr told Bloomberg News that it was a huge project and he estimates that not even 1% of the work needed to design and build the line has been done. He also said that the NEOM developers initially ran into obstacles as engineers had to design a city for technologies that did not yet exist.

Construction was supposed to begin in the first quarter of 2021. Now that it has finally begun, NEOM’s next step is to declare the city a “free zone” where different laws apply than the rest of Saudi Arabia. According to Al-Nasr, this could happen in the first months of 2022.

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