Saudi Arabia unveils “a gateway to another world”


After Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for a futuristic city called NEOM, envisioned as a hub for innovation, technology, and sustainability, with a focus on creating a living laboratory for the world’s most advanced technologies, now, unveiled its design concept for Mukaab, a futuristic building/city, set to be the largest built structure in the world.

Aiming to attract visitors from across the world, the Saudi Arabian government planned the cube-shaped skyscraper as “a gateway to another world. The world’s first immersive, experiential destination. Where hospitality, retail and leisure reach new levels, all in breath-taking, ever-changing environments.”

The building has an impressive hight and width of 400m, which makes it as big as 20 Empire State Buildings. It will be will be situated in the North West of Riyadh, in a 19-square-kilometer area that hopes to develop into “the world’s largest modern downtown.” The New Murabba project will feature 104,000 residential units, 9,000 hotel rooms and a fully immersive retail on 300,00 square-meters with 80 entertainment venues.

The project as well as the other futuristic cities are part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, a strategic plan launched by the Saudi Arabian government with the aim of reducing the country’s dependence on oil, diversifying its economy, and developing non-oil sectors such as tourism, healthcare, and entertainment. Other initiatives include the expansion of the country’s tourism industry, the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation, and the improvement of the country’s education. The plan also aims to increase the participation of women in the workforce and to improve the country’s public transportation system.