Saudi Arab is developing a Smart City, 33 times bigger than New York

Neom is a Smart city, Saudi Arabia plans to develop which will be larger than Dubai and it will have robots more than humans. The whole city will be powered by renewable energy, built on greenfield site in northwest Saudi Arabia in an area over 26,500 square kilometers it will be 33 times bigger than New York City as per the claims.  The city is envisioned as “civilizational leap for humanity” by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It will become the business center of the country with modern advanced biotech, airlines, artificial intelligence and up-to-date manufacturing.

Almost $500 billion will be invested by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia on this mega project.

PIF said, “NEOM is situated on one of the world’s most prominent economic arteries, through which nearly a tenth of the world’s trade flows. Its strategic location will also facilitate the zone’s rapid emergence as a global hub that connects Asia, Europe, and Africa, enabling 70% of the world’s population to reach it in under eight hours.”

PIF claimed that the city will have highest GDP per capita in the world.

Crown Prince said, “All of this will allow for a new way of life to emerge that takes into account the ambitions and outlooks of humankind paired with best future technologies and outstanding economic prospects.”

He further said, “We want the main robot and the first robot in Neom to be Neom, robot number one. Everything will have a link with artificial intelligence, with the Internet of Things—everything.”

The 32-year-old prince of Saudi Arab is trying to change Saudi Arab and bring a modern touch to the society. The country’s leadership seems to be willing to bring technological advancement in the nation. Recently the country even gave citizenship to a robot which was quite a surprising step taken.

James Dorsey, a Middle East specialist at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University said, Neom “constitutes an attempt to create an economic zone that is more efficient and streamlined than the overall economy that will take time to reform. The question is whether one can isolate a megacity from the inefficiencies of the country’s economy.”

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