Neom – A bold new frontier in Saudia Arabia?

Here at Future Homes Design & Build we love looking at future trends for the building industry, so we started researching a ground breaking project, Neom in Saudia Arabia, for our new Future Homes Magazine.

Setting out to answer the question “what would you build if you were starting from scratch?”, NEOM is a bold project aiming to deliver an economically feasible planned smart city in the Tabuk Province of northwestern Saudia Arabia. As the pet project of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, it has money and influence behind it and a super-smooth marketing campaign that promises the world. As he puts it, “since we are doing it from nothing, why should we copy normal cities?

A future-proof build on a blank canvas is what’s promised. And what a blank canvas – this building site is 33 times the size of New York City, and larger than Israel or Kuwait at 26,500 sq-km. Powered with clean energy and working on the circular economy model, the $500 billion project is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan to wean the country off oil. There’s certainly the opportunity – the combination of sun and wind in this region could be ideal for the economical production of green hydrogen. Enowa is the name of the sustainable water and energy system which will feature the world’s-largest green hydrogen production plant.

Read more about this fascinating project when our Magazine launches next month..

Image credits to NEOM