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Inside NEOM – Saudi Arabia’s Bold Step into the Future

In Saudi Arabia’s northwest, where the desert meets the sea, lies a hub of innovation and opportunity: NEOM, a mix of technology, sustainability, and human effort.

As the sun sets over this groundbreaking mega-city project, it underscores Saudi Arabia’s commitment to shaping future cities. Spanning 10,000 square miles, NEOM aims to lead in biotechnology, renewable energy, tourism, and entertainment.

Here’s what we know so far:

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Gulf of Aqaba

Imagine a picturesque coastal strip along the Gulf of Aqaba, where exclusive communities boast bespoke hotels and residences, promising a lifestyle of unparalleled luxury against the backdrop of stunning coastal views. Here, NEOM’s flagship projects redefine coastal living with upscale accommodations.

These are some of the standout projects in this region:

Leyja: A Haven in the Valley

Leyja, nestled in a scenic valley among towering mountains, features three boutique hotels, each offering unique experiences. The Adventure Hotel, perched on cliffs, provides adrenaline-fueled experiences with panoramic views. The Oasis Hotel blends seamlessly with the terrain, offering a tranquil retreat, while the Wellness Hotel prioritizes relaxation in serene surroundings.

Epicon: Where Luxury Meets Coastal Splendor

Epicon, NEOM’s luxury development, includes two towers reaching heights of 225m and 275m. Designed by Hong Kong-based 10 Design, it features a luxury hotel, resort, and beachfront villas.

Siranna: Where Nature Meets Innovation

Siranna blends natural beauty and architectural innovation with its hexagonal structure nestled amidst mountainous landscapes. Designed by Woods Bagot, it offers bespoke accommodations, including a 65-room hotel and 35 private residences.

Utamo: Where Culture Meets Technology

Tucked away in the mountains, Utamo offers a unique blend of art, fashion, theatre, and music experiences. Designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, it provides immersive cultural journeys amidst breathtaking scenery.

Norlana: Scenic Waterfront Community

Norlana, a beacon of coastal luxury, offers a waterfront community with 711 residential properties, including mansions and beach villas. Boasting exclusive amenities such as a 120-berth marina, an 18-hole golf course, and an equestrian center, Norlana promises residents an unparalleled lifestyle experience.

Aquellum: A Subterranean Oasis of Innovation

Nestled within a 450m-high mountain range along the Gulf of Aqaba, Aquellum is a pioneering digitalized community. It is accessible via the world’s first floating marina, and offers a unique living experience with a vertical courtyard connecting hotel accommodations, apartments, retail, and leisure hubs, promising residents a dynamic lifestyle.

Xaynor: Coastal Luxury Redefined

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Xaynor epitomizes coastal luxury with private pools, beachside lounges, gourmet dining, and a world-class spa. Designed by Mexican studio Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, it offers an unparalleled beach resort experience with panoramic sea views and bespoke hospitality.

Gidori: A Community for Active Living

Gidori, nestled in the coastal hills of the Gulf of Aqaba, offers a modern community with a championship 18-hole golf course. It provides luxurious hospitality, premium residences, and a range of sports and leisure amenities, fostering an active lifestyle

Elanan: An Experience with Nature

Positioned along the coastline, Elanan prioritizes a sensory nature experience with seamless architecture integrating with nature, plazas, sun gardens, and an observation tower. Its 80 rooms and suites offer panoramic views and unparalleled comfort.

Treyam: Bridging the Gap Between Desert and Sea

Treyam invites adventurers to explore water-based activities amidst stunning desert landscapes. With distinctive bridge-like architecture and thrilling pursuits, Treyam offers rejuvenation and wellness. Its 250-room luxury resort promises bespoke hospitality amid the captivating beauty of the desert and sea.


Picture a vast floating city resting upon the calm waters of the Red Sea—that’s Oxagon. This architectural wonder takes the shape of an octagon and holds the prestigious title of the “world’s largest floating structure.” Within its boundaries, Oxagon thrives with innovation, acting as a bustling hub of business and trade. Designed with careful attention, it revolutionizes maritime standards while seamlessly integrating modern hotels that offer bespoke experiences, all amidst the stunning backdrop of the natural surroundings.

Sindalah: Luxury Amidst Natural Beauty

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Sindalah, a secluded island destination in the Red Sea, offers luxury amidst breathtaking natural splendor. Spanning 840,000 sq m, it provides connectivity to the nearby Mediterranean. With an 86-berth marina and 75 offshore buoys for superyachts, Sindalah ensures an exclusive retreat. Three hotels, including the Four Seasons Neom Resort, Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel Sindalah, and The Luxury Collection Sindalah (comprising two properties), offer a total of 413 rooms, including 88 villas and 333 serviced apartments, providing world-class hospitality and curated events.

THE LINE: Revolutionizing Urban Living

THE LINE is a bold reimagining of urban planning, stretching 170 kilometers across NEOM. Devoid of roads, cars, or pollution, it prioritizes green spaces, walkability, and connectivity for a sustainable environment. This innovative city preserves 95 percent of its land for nature, utilizing careful environmental design to ensure optimal sunlight, shade, and ventilation, creating comfortable microclimates and lush green spaces. THE LINE marks a new standard of sustainable energy in NEOM.

Trojena: Tranquil Mountain Escape

Located within the Sarwat Mountains, Trojena epitomizes NEOM’s commitment to diverse recreational opportunities amidst stunning natural landscapes. Spread across nearly, it offers a premier destination blending natural beauty with unique experiences. Planned to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games, this ski resort boasts elevations ranging from 1,500m to 2,600m. Visitors can enjoy luxurious stays at renowned retreats such as Anantara Resort and 25hours Hotel, among many others.

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In this expansive canvas of innovation and ambition, NEOM invites the world to witness the dawn of a new era—an era where the limits of what’s possible are redefined, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow becomes a tangible reality.