High-Tech Desert Hellscape

Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has a dream: a futuristic desert city stretching to the clouds. But down in the sand, it’s a cyberpunk dystopia.

A rendering for the Line in Neom, Saudi Arabia.

By now you may have heard about Neom, a planned city on the Gulf of Aqaba in the northwestern corner of Saudi Arabia, the brainchild of Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler. The name is a portmanteau of neo (Greek for “new”) and mustaqbal (Arabic for “future”). Its blueprints include […]

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