You thought Dubai — the city home to the world’s tallest building and the world’s largest mall — was the Middle East’s most over-the-top metropolis.
Saudi Arabia seems to be giving it a run for its money, with dazzling new renderings that show the interior of the kingdom’s proposed 75-mile-long, and mirror-wrapped, ‘landscraper’ city — whose images look straight out of a science fiction film. When completed, it will stand higher than New York’s Empire State Building.
The $1 trillion mega-development is called The Line, part of a desert complex known as Neom, spearheaded by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the Daily Mail. All together, Neom — beginning on the Gulf of Aqaba just east of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula — will additionally include an artificial ski resort, as well as robots and AI for the project’s inhabitants.
Bin Salman, who’s been accused of approving the savage 2018 murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi (though he has denied involvement), aims for Saudi Arabia — itself relatively newly open to tourism despite its history of brutal religious policing — to have a spectacle as eternal as Egypt’s pyramids.
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