The world's tallest skyscrapers and snow in the desert: how the craziest projects of Saudi Arabia look

By TravelWiseDec 1, 2023 20:41 PMNews
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The new projects of Saudi Arabia are impressive
The new projects of Saudi Arabia are impressive. Source: Al Arabiya

From flying cars to the world's tallest skyscrapers, Saudi Arabia is spending £1 trillion to wean itself off its dependence on oil.

Thanks to large-scale investments under the Saudi Vision 2030, the country is unveiling extremely ambitious projects funded by billions of oil at an unprecedented rate, The Sun writes.

The price of each project is unknown, but Saudi Arabia is going to spend more than $175 billion annually on mega-projects between 2025 and 2028, with about $1.3 trillion in the pipeline.

Neom & The Line

Neom is set to become an ultra-modern Jetsons-style metropolis in contrast to other very conservative parts of the desert kingdom.

Backed by the $500 billion Saudi Arabian Fund for Private Investment - the group that bought Newcastle United - Neom's plans are so ambitious that some of the technology doesn't even exist yet.

The city will be located on the border with Jordan and Egypt and will start welcoming residents and businesses by 2025.

The most impressive thing about Neom is the mirrored megastructure called The Line, a 110-mile-long, 500-meter-high, 200-meter-wide mirrored building that will connect Neom to the rest of the kingdom.

The world's tallest skyscrapers and snow in the desert: how the craziest projects of Saudi Arabia look
The world's tallest skyscrapers and snow in the desert: how the craziest projects of Saudi Arabia look. Source: NEOM

Cave hotel complex

Leyja will be a stunning hotel complex carved into the walls of a giant canyon.

The project managers claim that it will open its doors to tourists in 2024, even though it is not yet built.

It will have three state-of-the-art hotels designed by the world's leading architects to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings that make up 95 percent of the futuristic city. T

The hotels will have 120 luxury rooms and will operate in a completely sustainable manner to provide a "special experience."

The world's tallest skyscrapers and snow in the desert: how the craziest projects of Saudi Arabia look
The world's tallest skyscrapers and snow in the desert: how the craziest projects of Saudi Arabia look. Source: NEOM

Snow resort

Saudi Arabia is more associated with sand than snow, but the desert kingdom has big plans to become a leading winter sports center.

In the coming years, the resort of Troen may join the likes of Val d'Isere, Verbier, and Zermatt as one of the world's top ski resorts.

Troyes will host the 2029 Asian Winter Games, and work has already begun to transform the barren region into a futuristic resort.

It will be built in the Sarawat Mountains about 30 miles east of the Red Sea coast, in an area that averages 10C colder than the rest of the region.

The world's tallest skyscrapers and snow in the desert: how the craziest projects of Saudi Arabia look
The world's tallest skyscrapers and snow in the desert: how the craziest projects of Saudi Arabia look. Source: NEOM
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