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Saudi Arabia Revises Ambitions for Neom Desert Project

By Zainab Fattah and Matthew Martin

Saudi Arabia has adjusted its medium-term vision for the Neom desert development, a key component of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's economic diversification plan. Initially, the government aimed to accommodate 1.5 million residents within The Line—a futuristic city enclosed by mirror-clad skyscrapers—by 2030. However, recent developments indicate that the project will likely house fewer than 300,000 residents by that time.

Project Scope and Challenges

The Line was envisioned to stretch 170 kilometers along the coast, but with the latest revision, only 2.4 kilometers are expected to be completed by 2030. Consequently, some workers have been dismissed from the site. Neom, a $1.5 trillion development on the Red Sea coast, aims to transform Saudi Arabia's economy and serve as a testing ground for innovative technologies.

Other Neom Developments

Despite the adjustments to The Line, other parts of the broader Neom project continue to progress. Sindalah, an island in the Red Sea, is being transformed into a luxury tourist destination and is set to open this year. Additionally, Neom plans include an industrial city, ports, and tourism facilities, with the Asian Winter Games scheduled to take place in 2029 at the mountain resort of Trojena.

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