What is NEOM? It's huge, here's an overview of all cities they are building
NEOM: Pioneering Sustainable Cities of the Future
In Saudi Arabia, one of humanity’s most ambitious sustainability projects is under development - the city of NEOM, a collection of futuristic smart cities that push the boundaries of innovation across infrastructure, transit, agriculture and more.
NEOM's bold vision even extends into developing electric, pilotless flying taxi services for transportation. All buildings are planned using eco-design principles and circular economy concepts, all while living in harmony with nature and the surrounding environment.
As NEOM CEO Nadhmi al-Nasr stated, "NEOM will be the world’s most sustainable cities, stretching the limits of innovation."
More than just an ultra-modern city, NEOM aims to be a "living laboratory" to test and implement sustainable technological advancements. Novel energy, water, artificial intelligence, mobility, biotech and entertainment concepts will launch there first.
OXAGON: A Fully Integrated Floating City
NEOM's first signature project is the OXAGON, a fully integrated port and industrial city floating in the Red Sea. Envisioned as the world's largest floating structure, the OXAGON is purpose-built for sustainable manufacturing and logistics.
The OXAGON's cutting-edge infrastructure is designed to achieve net zero carbon emissions, net zero waste, and circular water systems. Renewable energy sources like green hydrogen will fully power the city.
Urban planners leveraged biomimicry in OXAGON's design, emulating natural structures like honeycombs. The city's hexagonal modules maximize energy efficiency.
Artificial intelligence orchestrates OXAGON's smart mobility, utilities, and operational management. A sustainable transportation loop seamlessly connects workers to manufacturing facilities.
By merging industry with sustainability, the OXAGON can demonstrate a blueprint for responsible production. Its innovations aim to enable manufacturing with no environmental cost.
Trojena: A Car-Free Mountain Tourism Hub
NEOM's second signature project is Trojena. It will be a tourism and sports city set amidst NEOM's dramatic mountain landscapes. Designed as a car-free village, Trojena will offer outdoor recreation like skiing, hiking and rock climbing set against the breathtaking backdrop of NEOM's mountains and canyons.
The city will be entirely powered by renewable energy and use biomimicry and sustainable architecture principles throughout its design and operations.
Trojena will provide a model for green tourism and living in balance with nature. Hyperloop technology will provide rapid transit across the expansive city to tourist sites and attractions.
Trojena will also leverage technology to seamlessly manage visitor capacity and environmental impact at its sites.
Sindalah: A Next-Gen Port and Logistics Gateway
NEOM's third signature project is Sindalah. The city will serve as NEOM's vital gateway, centered around an ultramodern megaport and logistics hub. The city will incorporate leading-edge green manufacturing and sustainable water production, powered by solar, wind and hydrogen energy.
Sindalah will also house research centers pioneering innovations in maritime operations, port management, logistics technology and more. The city aims to demonstrate how a seamless, integrated port and production zone can operate at scale while benefiting regional environments and communities.
Sindalah will set new benchmarks for speed, efficiency and sustainability across integrated shipping, manufacturing and transport.
The Line: A Car-Free Urban Utopia
Neom's fourth mega project is The Line, and perhaps the most ambitious one. It is a proposed linear city housed inside two massive, mirror-covered skyscrapers extending over 100 miles. Designed for a population of one million, The Line eliminates cars and roads to maximize livable space and nature.
Residents of The Line will enjoy high-speed transit through underground hyperloop pods moving goods and people seamlessly. The narrow design also enables 90% of the city to be walkable within a 5-minute radius.
Powered completely by renewable energy, the ultra-efficient city aims for net-zero carbon emissions. Food, water and energy will be supplied through AI-managed vertical farms dotting the length of The Line.
With sustainability woven into its very architecture, The Line reimagines urban communities designed around human needs. The absence of pollution, noise and traffic jams aims to nurture health and happiness.
While highly conceptual, NEOM has the resources and determination to engineer this car-free urban utopia through next-generation eco-technology.
A sustainable future
Realizing such grand designs poses monumental engineering, economic and social challenges. But NEOM's prototypes offer valuable insight into the cities needed to sustain 10 billion people by 2050.
Previous human progress often came at the expense of the planet. NEOM's cities attempt the opposite - improving life through harmony with nature. While skeptics question NEOM's viability, its experimental ethos is what sustainability urgently requires.
NEOM may or may not fully deliver on its lofty vision. But its willingness to purpose-build cities prioritizing people and planet sets a model for sustainable development desperately needed in this century. The time has come for humanity's unmatched ingenuity to serve everyone's future.
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