Learn all about project Neom, what it stands for, and what it aims to achieve?
Being one of the cornerstones for the vision 2030 Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman holds for Saudi Arabia, get to know why project NEOM – the future Dubai in KSA – is the core of it.
One of the prime pillars of project Neom is its strategic location.
Project NEOM is based on 16 factors of technology and design, get to know the most astonishing ones.
Do flying cars, artificial moon, and mega-structures sound like a childhood dream? Well, a mega-structure is rising from the heart of the Saudi Arabian desert, and it is at least 30 times larger than New York, built with the latest futuristic technologies, as it aims to be the hub of all dreams in one spot, part financial, part technological, part biological, Neom is to become the global capital of the world, this city is what Crown bin Salman according to its creators always dreamt of, striding both East and West, and is aiming to be the future Dubai but in Saudi Arabia, as a cornerstone and important part of the Saudi 2030 vision that Crown Prince bin Salman has got for his beloved home country.
What is project NEOM?
The word NEOM means (new future), which actually represents what the city aims to achieve, NEOM is not just a typical futuristic city, it is also a state of peace and mind, citizens of NEOM will embody an international change and a new culture of exploration, risk-taking and diversity all of it supported by a legal system that is compatible with international norms yet still very effective in the economic growth, so if you try to imagine it in your mind, a community mixed of races from all over the world, homelands, religions all living together to work through a common goal, can you imagine that?
This project will introduce you to a very new model for urban sustainability, and it will be a place that is focused on setting new standards for community health and environmental protection, it will be designed, constructed, in a way that is different from the outdated economical and environmental infrastructures that constrained the region for a long time.
The importance of project NEOM to Saudi Arabia and the world
Let us start by mentioning that this project attempts to do something no one has ever done before, building a city of the future, therefore the list of the following makes project NEOM one of the most important leading projects in Saudi Arabia:
- It aims to be one of the first climate positive societies.
- Driving should not be a condition for transportation.
- Astonishing use of natural resources.
- Merging nature into urban spaces.
- NEOM will be one of the world’s most attractive tourist destinations not only in Saudi Arabia but in the world as well.
- Diversifying the Saudi economy, NEOM will help create new job opportunities that were never seen before in the region, it will also attract international investments, as well as increase all the net imports to the kingdom, therefore, increase the consumer spending inside Saudi Arabia.
The first step into building this project was choosing a perfect prime location for the project, which the Saudi Arabian government did, the location of project NEOM is just as important as the project itself.
Location of project NEOM
NEOM’s land mass will extend across the Egyptian and Jordanian borders, rendering NEOM the first private zone to span three countries, located exactly in the northern-west side of Saudi Arabia.
You can never find something like this city, placed on a diverse terrain that is surrounded by mountains that go up to 2500m in height, cooled by the red sea breezes, and on the coastline with coral reefs
What makes this location special?
40% of the globe lives less than a 4-hour flight away!
It is located in the center of the world trade line therefore it is a very strategic location, this will make project NEOM a global hub for trade, innovation, and knowledge.
So are you wondering how this amazing project will be made to come to reality? What’s the cool technology behind its smart architecture? And how will project NEOM be different from anything you have ever seen?
Technology and Design of Project NEOM
The technological aspects of project NEOM are very mind-blowing, if this project makes it in time then you will live in an era that no man on earth has seen before! Did you know that an entire research center collecting scientists from all over the world was established and dedicated only to bring project NEOMs’ technology to real life? Let us find together about all the cool technologies they are working on:
Energy – Green H2 and a solar dome
The energy system of NEOM is 100% renewable, it depends on producing green hydrogen, this is to be produced from renewable energy and it is a clean-burning fuel that can be used for long term energy, as well as help, decarbonize transport heating and industrial processes, for example, steelmaking and cement making.
A key component of NEOM’s goals is water. It will be 100% desalinated using renewable energy to make sure that no CO2 emission exists, All wastewater in this city will be processed to generate energy, fertilization, and reusable freshwater, that will achieve zero waste and an economy that is not dependant on one source of water.
Making imaginary revolutionary biotech a reality on earth
Yes, artificial intelligence, genetics, bio-digital interfaces, and all the cool stuff you saw in science fiction movies will live up to your expectations in real life in NEOM! All for the goal of predicting, preventing, and treating conditions in a better way, so guess what? They are planning to build a fully operational city medical center that will be based on AI developed exactly for treating patients.
New Agricultural technology for food
The global food system is one of the most environmentally damaging sectors of human activity and right now we can all notice that it is broken with one in every 9 people is not getting enough food, according to the latest 2018 studies, there needs to be change and an urgent one, NEOM will be the forefront of this change by providing a sustainable food-producing system that also aims to reduce carbon footprints on the earth.
Artificial Moon and Ai surveillance
Yes. you did not read that wrong, an artificial moon it is! The city will feature an artificial moon that would light up the city at night. While that could be accomplished with drones, one of the more nefarious ideas proposed was the constant surveillance of NEOM’s citizens through facial recognition technology, and a legal system operating outside the bounds of Saudi Arabia’s courts.
For better or worse, if completed, project NEOM will be a world-wide new achievement that will shape a future city even better than Dubai! in the heart of the Saudi Arabian desert, the sky is the limit here.
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