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Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun26,2024

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The construction of a new futuristic urban district in Saudi Arabia was called into question due to financing problems. The area, called Neom, is part of the country's efforts to transition the economy away from oil dependence.

It will cover an area of ​​10,200 square milesand will include what has become known as its most famous feature called “The Line”, which is powered entirely by renewable energy sources. This is reported by the Metro publication.

There will also be a floating industrial complex, a global trade center and other tourist resorts. But critics have in the past questioned the ambition of the project, which is expected to be completed by 2039.

Part of the project was initially planned to be completed by 2020, then extended to 2025, but fell behind schedule again. The government has been forced to look for other methods of financingas low oil prices have affected its revenues.

An adviser, who did not wish to be named, told the BBC that a decision on the future of the projects is expected in the near future. at times.

He said: “The decision will be based on many factors. But there is no doubt that there will be a recalibration. Some projects will continue as planned, but some may be delayed or reduced.”

< p>The Neom project is financed from the State Investment Fund (SIF), which is a sovereign government grant. But Neom's £394 billion cost is double the country's federal budget for this year.

Meanwhile, the whole project could cost up to £1.5 trillion for an already struggling government with a deficit. The line was originally intended to carry nine million people and stretch 105 miles.

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When Saudi Arabia first introduced the idea of ​​the “Line”, it sounded utopian – with robot maids, off-road roads, flying taxis and waterfalls. It's not clear how much of this will actually materialize, and as reality rubs against the pared-down plans, by 2030 the first phase of the project will only be 1.5 miles long.

Other plans include an octagon-shaped floating industrial city and a ski resort to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games.
Ali Shihabi, who sits on Neom's advisory board, said the goals were always “designed to be overly ambitious.”

The Neom project has also been criticized for violating human rights and the environment. Members of the local Howeitat tribe are protesting their forced eviction from the area.

About 20,000 people are expected to be forcibly evicted from the area to make way for development. Some members of the tribe were killed by Saudi security forces for resisting eviction. Among them is Abdul Rahim al-Huwayti and three others who were sentenced to death for resistance.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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