One thing’s certain – there’s no rest for Neom.
We’ve already heard about the “upside-down skyscraper” and mirrored linear city, The Line.
But they form just part of the mega project in the northwest of Saudi Arabia.
Although the mega-development was originally clouded in mystery, we’re starting to see a clearer picture of what it will look like following a series of announcements over the past year.
The mega scheme, which will cover 26,500 square kilometers, will contain 10 distinct developments that it terms regions.
Here we take a look at Neom’s 10 regions.
By far the best-known and largest project within the Neom development is The Line – a planned 170-kilometer-long city.
It’s planned to be a city for nine million people that’ll be contained within two parallel, 500-meter-high, linear skyscrapers standing 200 meters apart clad with mirrored facades.
Plans are for Oxagon to be built on the coast of the Red Sea neat the town of Duba.
Oxagon is planned as a floating port city to connect ships travelling through the Suez Canal.
The dinstinctive octagonal port will be partly on land with a large floating structure protruding into the sea.
As well as port facilities, the development will contain a cruise terminal and oceanographic research center.
Trojena, a ski and adventure resort, will be built in the mountains of the Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia, around 50 kilometers from the Gulf of Aqaba.
The development will be arranged around an artificial lake with one mountain topped by a ski resort.
What’s more, the development will also feature a 330-meter-tall skyscraper named Discovery Tower, as well as hotels and other attractions.
The resort gained global attention in 2022 when it was announced it had won the right to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games.
The first of Neom’s 10 regions, Sindalah is a luxury island resort that’s under construction in the Red Sea.
The resort, which will welcome its first guests this year, will contain three large hotels with 413 rooms and 88 villas.
It will also feature 333 apartments arranged around a marina and several golf courses.
One of six hotel resorts planned to be built on the Gulf of Aqaba coast, Leyja will feature a trio of luxury high-end boutique hotels.
These hotels will be loacted within a valley with 400-meter-high walls, one of which – the Adventure Hotel – will consist of a series of stepped volumes clinging to the rockside.
The Oasis hotel will appear as a series of geometric forms rising from the rocks, while the Wellness hotel will have mirror facades like The Line.
Epicon, also located on the Gulf of Aqaba coast, will be a tourist destination featuring two jagged, interconnected skyscrapers.
The jagged skyscrapers, which will be 225 and 275 meters high, will contain hotels and luxury residences and wil be clad in steel.
As well as the skyscrapers, there will also be a beach resort with a 120-room hotel and 45 beach villas.
Siranna, another tourist development on the Gulf of Aqaba, will be a hexagonal-pillar-shaped hotel.
Blending into the adjoining mountain, the 65-room hotel and 35 private residences will only be accessible from the sea.
Utamo is an immersive events space that Neom describes as the “theatre of the future”.
The venue will be access from a 64-meter-high entrance clad in staggered stone blocks.
The coastal yachting town of Norlana, on the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba, is planned for 3,000 residences.
The town will have numerous apartments and hotels wrapped around a 120-berth marina.
The development will have a focus on sport, and will feature an 18-hole golf course, equestrian club and tennis club.
Designed by LAVA and Name Architecture, Aquellum will contain hotels, shops and apartments wrapped around an “underwater open square”.
“Aquelleum is an ultra-luxury upside-down skyscraper,” said LAVA co-founder Alexander Rieck. “The facade’s facing inwards instead of facing outwards.”
“Things are inside-out and upside-down,” he continued.
“Normally architecture is focused to the outside.”