Neom: Sci-Fi City of the Future Breaks Ground in Saudi Arabia

“The first order of business was to forcibly evict and displace over 1 million Saudis from Jeddah, none of whom will ever actually live in Neom. This extraordinary, high-tech smart city will push sci-fi to the limit with robotic avatars, holograms, flying taxis, high speed rail and no roads. Ubiquitous surveillance features will be built into everything. The Arab world knows how to build. Just look at the UAE and Dubai. Some observers have already questioned the potential resemblance of Neom to a rebuilding of ancient Babylon.” Technocracy New Editor

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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