Plans have been unveiled for a $500 billion city of the future to be built “where three continents meet”.

NEOM “will be constructed from the ground-up” in the Northwestern region of Saudi Arabia and connect Asian, European and African markets. It will “operate as an independent economic zone” and is being labelled as “a roadmap for the future of civilisation”.

“Future technologies form the cornerstone for NEOM’s development: Disruptive solutions for transportation from automated driving to passenger drones, new ways of growing and processing food, healthcare centered around the patient for their holistic well-being,  wireless high speed internet as a free good called “digital air”, free world-class continuous online education, full scale e-governance putting city services at your fingertips, building codes that make net-zero carbon houses the standard, a city layout that encourages walking and bicycling and all solely powered by renewable energy just to name a few.  All of this will allow for a new way of life to emerge that takes into account the ambitions and outlooks of humankind paired with best future technologies and outstanding economic prospects,” said His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salma.

Planners want NEOM, which will be powered entirely from renewable energy, to become an international capital for science and commerce.