Saudi Arabia's King Salman has gone on holiday in a still-undeveloped £380billion mega city billed as a Middle East silicon valley. The 82-year-old has arrived in NEOM, a city that his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has pledged to build from scratch in the remote northwest.
It is an unusual holiday destination for King Salman, who in summer can often be seen in exotic locations such as the French Riviera, Marbella in southern Spain and Tangier, Morocco.
The king's son and heir apparent Mohammed bin Salman announced plans for the 10,230 square mile futuristic high-tech hub last year as part of reforms aimed at creating jobs, encouraging foreign investment and permitting new freedoms for Saudis steeped in religious puritanism and state dependency.
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