[Ed. – Independent makes the comparison to New York City, but the U.S. actually has a lot of cities bigger in land area than NYC. (The largest by far is Sitka, AK, with 2,870 square miles. You can kind of see where that’s going.) The Saudis, apparently acting without the restraining hand of an overlawyered “environmentalist” industry, are planning a completely new city bigger than five of the American states. As one would hope, the palaces are going in first.]
- The Saudi Arabian government says it will build a $500 billion mega-city, with the goal of diversifying its economy to focus less on crude oil.
- The project, called NEOM, will measure 10,230 square miles.
- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the government will aim to make NEOM run on 100% renewable energy — a highly ambitious goal.
- This month, the country started awarding contracts to build palaces there.