NEOM’s four megacities, the ultra-futuristic giant city of Saudi Arabia

neom: city of the future in saudi arabia

While LINE’s super-high, ultra-narrow concept has made waves over the past two years for its highly ambitious design and controversial policies, the megacity is just one of four planned for NEOM. Saudi Arabiathe envisioned city of the future. Set in the northwestern province of Tabuk, the larger-than-life proposal is led by the country’s crown prince and prime minister, Mohammed bin Salman, and Roger Nickells, former CEO of BuroHappold. In general, the project will be shaped by architectural designs. morphosis, Zaha Hadid Architects, Mecanoo, Aedasand UNStudio.

Representing a ‘new future’, the name of NEOM is derived from two words: the first three letters come from the ancient Greek prefix neo- meaning ‘new’, and the fourth letter is an abbreviation of the Arabic word ‘mostaqbal’. the future.’

The four ‘regions’ to form together NEOM dubbed Sindalah, Trojena, Oxagon and LINE. Overall, the international team hopes to ‘redesign urban living’ by combining smart city technologies and bringing futuristic urban planning concepts to life. This forward-looking vision is last interview He details the team’s ultra-efficiency goals with Tarek Qaddumi, NEOM’s director of urban planning, and carbon neutrality.

NEOM’s four regions | images courtesy NEOM, @discoverneom


Sindalah is described as ‘a technology-driven destination where casual island elegance meets new-age luxury’ and marks the first region designed for NEOM Saudi Arabia. It is planned to introduce a new tourism resort in Tabuk province. Taking advantage of the Red Sea coast site, which NEOM describes as having an ideal year-round climate, the team embarks on a ‘responsibly designed’ project as ‘nature healing’.

Offering around 750 rooms and apartments in three hotels, the resort is focused on luxury tourism. With an 86-bed marina and 75 additional offshore buoys, the group at NEOM expects Sindalah to punctuate the coastline as a destination for superyachts. Upon arrival, guests will have access to luxury shops, a beach and yacht club, and a spa and wellness centre.

NEOM saudi arabiaSindalah | image courtesy of NEOM


NEOM’s Trojena site was planned for the mountains of Tabuk province, Saudi Arabia. It will cover an area of ​​approximately sixty square kilometers (23 square miles) and will be located fifty kilometers from the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba, in an area ranging from 1,500 meters (4,920 feet) to 2,600 meters (8,530 feet) above sea level. level.

Although not yet built, the proposal is already scheduled to be the site of the 2029 Asian Winter Games. The $500 billion desert city, scheduled for completion in 2026, will feature year-round skiing, a man-made freshwater lake, chalets, villas and ultra-luxury hotels, and is expected to be home to 9 million people by 2045. previous scope Here.

NEOM saudi arabiaTrojan | image courtesy of NEOM


NEOM team plans Oxagon to be world’s largest floating structure In the world. The proposal is designed to extend into the Red Sea just south of the Suez Canal, a waterway that sees the passage of about 13 percent of trade between Asia, Europe and the east coast of the United States. Due to this strategic location, the huge port city is expected to become a hub for ‘advanced and clean technologies’ and provide housing for ‘90,000 residents by 2030’. The team claims that with this forward-looking infrastructure, Oxagon will run on 100 percent clean energy.

NEOM's four megacities, the ultra-futuristic giant city of Saudi Arabia
oxagon | image courtesy of NEOM


Perhaps the most well-known region of Saudi Arabia’s NEOM gigacity is LINE. The long and narrow city will be 500 meters above sea level and 200 meters wide (1,640 feet high and 650 feet wide). Described as ‘a revolution in urban life’, communities will be connected without the need for cars or roads. Residents will be able to reach both nature and all their daily needs within a five-minute walk. What’s more, the team behind the project believes that hyperconnected linear development AI-Active communities will be powered by 100% clean energy. Learn more about LINE Here.

NEOM's four megacities, the ultra-futuristic giant city of Saudi ArabiaLINE | image courtesy of NEOM

project information:

project name: NEOM | @discoverneom

Location: Tabuk province, Saudi Arabia

regions: Sindalah, Trojena, Oxagon, HAT

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