Nearly 20 per cent of infrastructure works at NEOM, Saudi Arabia’s USD 500 billion futuristic cities, that will be powered entirely by clean energy, will be free of cars and will have no streets or zero carbon emissions, has already been completed, and works are progressing according to schedule, Nadhmi Al-Nasr, NEOM’s CEO has said.
The development includes smart towns and cities, ports and enterprise areas, research centres, tourist and sports centres as well as many entertainment venues.
It is remarkable that all energy in NEOM will come 100 per cent from renewable energy sources — the sun and the wind – and there will also be hydrogen-based power generation — all ensuring a zero-emission, carbon-positive ecosystem.
"At NEOM, we are addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity by bringing together a community of the brightest minds committed to reimagining what a sustainable future will look like in 20 to 30 years and building it today. We are redefining the future now. NEOM is open for business." Nadhmi Al-Nasr, CEO NEOM
One of NEOM’s most ambitious plans – in a country which currently imports about 80 percent of its food- is to become “the world’s most food self-sufficient city” by utilizing innovative vertical farming and greenhouses.
By 2026 NEOM is expected to house some 450,000 people, raising the number to 1.5 to 2 million people by 2030. Eventually, it is expected to accommodate nine million people.
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