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A tall story: Saudi Arabia has $500bn plans for world’s largest ...

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A tall story: Saudi Arabia has $500bn plans for world’s largest buildings

Prince’s Neom mega-project sees parallel skyscrapers make up a linear city linked by underground hyper-speed rail

Vivian Nereim

Saudi Arabia is planning the world’s largest buildings in a mostly unpopulated part of the country as part of an entirely new $500bn (R7.774-trillion) development called Neom.

Neom, the brainchild of Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman, aims to build twin skyscrapers about 500m tall that stretch horizontally for dozens of kilometres, the people said. 

The skyscrapers would house a mix of residential, retail and office space running from the Red Sea coast into the desert, people privy to the project said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. The plan is a shift from the concept announced last year of building a string of developments linked by underground hyper-speed rail, into a long continuous structure...

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