You know, in the Arabian Peninsula things are done big: just see the largest marine aquarium in the world that will be built in Abu Dhabi, or the Ferris wheel in Dubai – without forgetting the 828 meters of the Burj Kalifa. And also Saudi Arabia , in addition to the United Arab Emirates, wants to have its say with a project that we could define in no uncertain terms mammoth .
The project is called Neom , a mega-city made up of 16 districts that are emerging in the north-western province of Tabuk, not far from the Suez Canal (and therefore in an extremely strategic position, from here passes the 13% of world trade). Within this project – already impressive in itself, considering that the urban environment will be large 33 times New York – there is another, equally ambitious, called Oxagon . It will be a floating octagonal shaped city on the Red Sea and, since we are in the land of records, it is almost useless to specify that it will be the “ largest floating structure in the world “.
OXAGON is the industrial city reimagined – a place that provides everything your business needs to push beyond traditional boundaries. @ NEOMOXAGON # NEOM #OXAGON pic.twitter.com/IbpEgSkEKi
– NEOM (@NEOM) November , 2021
It will obviously be technological, indeed, super technological , with zero impact and with the use of green energy at 100%, in which persons, industry and technology will live in symbiosis with the utmost respect for nature , protecting it and d exalting it . The “ catalyst for economic growth ” will represent the “ redefining the global approach to industrial development in the future, protecting the environment and creating jobs and growth for Neom ” . Oxagon will be a “ cognitive city “, in which the well-being and liveability of residents will be at the center of everything, as will the Blue Economy, production and logistics.
It is precisely the particular octagonal shape that is the secret of the city of the future: this will allow the inhabitants to minimize the home-work journey (on foot or by hydrogen vehicles), while the use of the land will be reduced to a minimum, allowing to preserve the 95% of the natural environment. Everything will be integrated and with zero (net) impact, from the port – fully automated – to the railway system, to the airport and to the automated distribution centers .
There are seven sectors identified for the industrial development of the area:
- sustainable energy
- autonomous mobility
- water innovation
- sustainable food production
- health and wellness
- technology and digital production (telecommunications, space, robotics)
Production will be entirely focused on new technologies, such as the Internet of Things, artificial and predictive intelligence, robotics. And there will also be space for research with a campus dedicated to the Education, Research & Innovation ecosystem. The works will start soon, already in 2022 .