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Updated on: February 10, 2020

DateTopicArticleSummary
2020-02-05Digitized CityNEOM to be first totally digitized city in worldNadhmi Al-Nasr, CEO of NEOM Company, said that NEOM will be the first place in the world to rely entirely on digitization, and it has developed an advanced medical system under the name Doctor NEOM.
2020-01-30DesalinationSaudi Neom megacity will have world’s first ‘solar dome’ desalination plantThe Neom smart city project will use cutting-edge solar technology to power a desalination plant that produces clean, low-cost, environmentally friendly fresh water.
2020-01-13WeatherSaudi Arabia’s NEOM turns into winter wonderlandSnow fell in Saudi Arabia's futuristic city, NEOM, on Friday, turning its landscape into a winter wonderland...
2019-12-14Sports & EntertainmentDiriyah Season - Sports & EntertainmentDiriyah Season is an unmissable set of international sports and entertainment events, happening at a UNESCO heritage sight, Diriyah, the birth place of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
2019-12-14Women LeadershipThree Gulf women named in World's Most Powerful listRaja Easa Al Gurg and Renuka Jagtiani and Saudi Arabia's Rania Nashar make Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women list
2019-11-16JordanSaudi Arabia, Jordan Discuss Complementary Projects North of NEOMSaudi Arabia and Jordan discussed last week efforts to activate the opportunities available north of NEOM project, from the Jordanian side.
2019-10-31Princess ReemaThe Woman Trying to Mend U.S. Relations With Saudi ArabiaPrincess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, is the first woman to serve as Saudi ambassador to the United States.
2019-10-30AirportFoster + Partners to design airport for Saudi Red Sea tourism mega schemeThe Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind Saudi Arabia's ambitious coastal tourism project, has awarded the design contract for the destination's international airport to Foster + Partners after competitive tendering. Subconsultant is WSP Global.
2019-10-27TourismFive up-and-coming cities in the kingdomHere are five of the newest up-and-coming mega-cities in Saudi Arabia:
2019-10-24Saudi AirlinesSaudi Arabian Airlines inks Neom partnershipBoth parties agreed that Saudia Holidays will develop products and packaged experiences for visitors, exploiting the competitive advantage of the airline's global network covering 94 destinations.
2019-10-08ITChina Could Be the Big Winner of Saudi Arabia's Race to Become a Tech HubOver the summer, with little notice, Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree mandating the establishment of the Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence. The decree also ordered the creation of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and the National Data Management Office.
2019-10-04eGamingNeom signs MoU to become global e-gaming hubAccording to Saudi officials, 21 percent of the kingdom's young, tech-savvy population participate in online gaming every week.
2019-09-27Visa TourismSaudi tourism chairman: Focused on opening up Saudi Arabia to our guestsAhmad Al-Khateeb, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, discusses the new tourism visa plan as well as Saudi Arabia's reputation.
2019-09-27Visa TourismSaudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for the first timeSaudi Arabia on Friday formally announced that tourist visas will be issued for the first time to visitors from 49 countries around the world.
2019-09-23Neom ProjectEverything we know about Neom, a 'mega-city' project in Saudi ArabiaNeom City Status Update
2019-09-08Contruction VillageSaudi Arabia Awards Contracts for Megacity Neom's Worker HousingNeom's Construction Village will accommodate more than 100,000 residents
2019-09-03VisaSaudi Arabia edges closer to issuing first tourist visasSources say visas will be open to citizens of about 50 countries, reportedly for a fee of $117
2019-08-27Qiddiya Amusement ParkQiddiya: Meet the CEO making Saudi Arabia's entertainment ambitions a realityMike Reininger, CEO of Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC), spent 12 years dreaming and doing at Walt Disney World in America, where he started the hotel development program, launched the Disney Vacation Club and at Euro Disney, on the outskirts of Paris, built the resort component and started the Disney Cruiseline.
2019-08-26Qiddiya Amusement ParkSaudi Arabia's Six Flags Qiddiya to feature world's fastest roller coasterQiddiya, Saudi Arabia's entertainment city, will include twelve record-breaking attractions when it opens to the public in 2023
2019-07-30AirportFirst flight leaves from Saudi Arabia's new Neom Bay AirportThe first commercial flight departed from Saudi Arabia's futuristic new Neom Bay Airport on Sunday, the Kingdom's transport minister said.
2019-07-29UAE Abu DhabiUAE's Mubadala says $19bn spent on expansion plans in 2018Mubadala Investment Co, an investor in SoftBank Group Corp's technology fund, spent about $19 billion last year as the Abu Dhabi wealth fund expanded into more industries.
2019-07-29Neom Phase 1Phase 1 of Saudi Arabia's $8bn giga-project Neom completeThe first phase of construction of the $500bn futuristic city Neom, in Saudi Arabia, is complete with the second phase set to be announced by the end of this year.
2019-07-24Neom Phase 2NEOM second phase to begin this year, says CEO Day by day, NEOM is becoming a reality as more facilities are built at the project's first urban area, NEOM Bay. It is just the start, and work will continue endlessly, CEO Nadhmi Al-Nasr said in his address to a large diplomatic gathering on their first visit to the site, located in the northwestern corner of Saudi Arabia.
2019-07-09AECOMAECOM secures project management consultancy services contract for Saudi Arabia's NEOM Bay mega-projectAECOM (NYSE:ACM) today announced that it has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for Phase 1 of NEOM Bay,
2019-07-08UAE IPO VCMost UAE professionals hoping to create the next Souq or CareemSurvey reveals 73 percent of professionals looking to start own business
2019-07-01Neom Bay AirportSaudia launches inaugural flight to NeomFlight SV 2030 flew to Neom Bay Airport
2019-07-01Amaala ResortsSaudi's Amaala resort will have 'its own regulatory structure', target UHNWIs: PIFOne of Saudi Arabia's largest tourism projects, the Amaala resort in the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nature Reserve, will have its own regulatory structure and will target ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs), according to the chief legal officer at the Public Investment Fund KSA – Amaala.
2019-06-18AirportThis is what Saudi Arabia's Neom Bay Airport looks likeNew images have been shared on LinkedIn of the Neom Bay Airport, which will serve Saudi Arabia's $500bn (SAR1.9tn) cross-border futuristic Neom city in Tabuk Province, by Moaid Mahjoub, director of government affairs at Private Office of HRH Dr Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
2019-06-12UAE IPO VCPayPal co-founder among investors in Dubai start-upOnce a contractor hires equipment from Tenderd, they have access to the company's unique tracking system powered by artificial intelligence to increase productivity. It enables them to track and regulate emissions to run equipment more sustainably. Equally, contractors with idle equipment can also rent them through Tenderd.
2019-05-20AirportIata classifies Saudi Arabia's Neom airport as a commercial facility"Iata announces Neom Bay Airport is now officially a commercial airport with over 2,500 passenger boardings each calendar year," Saudi Projects said on Twitter.
2019-05-15UAE IPO VCMajid Al Futtaim IPO 'not on the table', despite strong sukuk demand, says CEODubai-based retail giant Majid Al Futtaim has ruled out a possible listing for the company, despite its recently launched green sukuk being six times oversubscribed and two thirds of investors coming from outside the region
2019-05-15BuildersDigitisation inevitable with rise in Saudi infrastructure and megaprojects, says Trimble regional directorThe digitisation of Saudi Arabia's construction sector is "inevitable" in light of the kingdom's ongoing major infrastructure and mega-city development plans, a senior figure from California-headquartered software firm Trimble's Middle East team has told Construction Week.
2019-05-14ResearchSAUDI'S NEOM Project - 2 Years Later - KJ VidsResearch Video
2019-05-13UAE Dubai Free ZonesDubai plans single licence to operate in all free zonesMembers of the Dubai Free Zones Council (DFZ Council) have reached a preliminary agreement on a new initiative to make it easier for companies to operate in multiple free zones.
2019-05-11VisaNew Saudi Residency ProgramThe benefits include the ability to recruit of workers, ownership of property and transport, employment in the private sector, commerce and industry, freedom of movement and exit from the Kingdom and return, and the use of designated queues at airports.
2019-05-07UAE IPO VC$145m fund opens to boost Abu Dhabi's start-up, VC ecosystemThe Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) announced on Tuesday that it has opened the AED535 million ($145.6 million) As part of the initiative, ADIO will match a start-up's lead VC investment dirham for dirham, up to AED10 million for seed rounds, and AED50 million for Series ‘A' per round.
2019-04-29Extreme SportsInternational and Saudi Athletes Launch Extreme Sports at NEOM International athletes joined their Saudi counterparts during the weekend at an extreme sports extravaganza held to bring NEOM, the world's most ambitious project, located in the Northwest of Saudi Arabia, into the global spotlight.
2019-04-25Saudi BusinessSaudi Arabia considers relaxing ownership limits for foreign investorsSaudi Arabia's Capital Market Authority (CMA) is considering relaxing a 49 percent limit for foreign strategic investors in shares of listed companies due to increased demand, its chairman said on Thursday.
2019-04-17UAE IPO VCWhat Careem's $3.1 Billion Acquisition Means For The Middle East…we've seen a huge increase in excitement from VCs, with total investment growing seven-fold from 2014 ($128 million) to 2018 ($893 million). Even with that, we think there is still significant room for growth...
2019-04-17EntertainmentSaudi Arabia to invest $71 bn in entertainment project infrastructureSaudi Arabia will invest SR267 billion ($71 billion) in entertainment project infrastructure across the kingdom, GCAM says.
2019-04-14Neom Build-outSaudi Arabia to lay first building blocks of NEOM project in a few monthsSaudi Arabia will soon begin construction work at NEOM, one of the flagship projects of the Kingdom's Vision 2030, NEOM city's chief executive officer said on Saturday.
2019-04-14UAE IPO VCAn Eye For Growth: ASA Ventures Founder And CEO Arif Saiyad"VC 2.0 working on a hybrid model of venture capital, private equity, incubators, and accelerators," Dubai-based venture capital firm ASA Ventures is striving to boost the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Dubai and (hopefully soon) across the Middle East as well.
2019-04-11VisaSaudi's green card system will cut foreign remittances"You know the Green Card holders enjoy all the rights US citizens enjoy except the right to nomination, election and joining the armed forces. I believe the same thing will happen in Saudi Arabia once the new system is implemented," Ridwan said.
2019-04-08Neom BayNEOM: $500 billion mega-city production enters its early stagesWhen asked about the overall progress of the project, he said that "the first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in 2022 and will include 14 hotels providing 3,100 rooms across five islands and two inland resorts.
2019-04-05Red Sea DevelopmentRed Sea Development Co.'s John Pagano on Saudi Arabia tourismSenior editor Jeri Clausing spoke via email with John Pagano, CEO of the Red Sea Development Co., about the changes underway.
2019-03-27HyperLoopSaudis to travel between giga projects via Hyperloop by 2020Saudis are set to travel around via Hyperloop by 2020, according to the VP of Virgin Hyperloop One in Arabian Gulf.
2019-03-27Aramco SabicSaudi Aramco Is Said to Be Near Deal to Acquire $70 Billion Sabic StakeVideo
2019-03-24LaborFuturistic Neom City project to get Pakistan workforce Pakistan's Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said PTI government will provide labour to Saudi Arabia for its futuristic Neom City project. In a recent interview to Khaleej Times, he said that Saudi Arabia is developing two new cities and the situation would encourage Pakistani workforce to be accommodated in diverse jobs at multi-billion-dollar project.
2019-03-24UAE IPO VCAbu Dhabi, SoftBank launch $145m fund, hub for tech start-upsMubadala Ventures, the US-based venture capital arm of Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Investment Company, will launch the new tech hub in the UAE capital today. The tech hub - known as Hub 71 - will offer $1452m (AED535m) of investment to tech start-ups.
2019-03-23Real EstateProperty portal Bayut expands operations to Saudi ArabiaBayut, the highly popular UAE-founded property portal, has now expanded operations to Saudi Arabia, bringing its diverse portfolio of properties to the Kingdom for those looking to rent, buy or sell real estate.
2019-03-20TourismSaudis to seek $20bn investments for planned tourism landmarkThe development of the Al Ula site is part of the kingdom's broader tourism plans as it diversifies its economy away from oil
2019-03-17HotelTourists in Saudi 'want to be able to drink' says AccorHotels CEOAccorHotels operates 48 hotels in Saudi Arabia, with brands such as Novotel, ibis, Pullman, Fairmont and others present in the kingdom.

Bazin said AccorHotels "need to be a part of" tourism growth in Saudi Arabia, as the country is ideally located four and a half hours away from Europe and boasts "a similar sea environment" to the Maldives and Seychelles.
2019-03-05Ellen R. WaldThe Dream of a CitySaudi Arabia's penchant for mega-projects predates Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman's ascension to power, but he has taken this model further. In the past two years, the prince has announced three mega-projects, including an entertainment city just outside of Riyadh called Qidiyya, a resort complex on the Red Sea called the Red Sea Project and Neom
2019-03-04VisaSaudi cabinet approves 24-hour tourism visa for foreign travellersSaudi Arabia has approved new electronic visas for foreign visitors attending sporting events, concerts and business attractions. The decision will enable visitors to obtain a visa within 24 hours, Arab News reported.
2019-02-26HyperLoopSaudi Arabia poised to be first GCC country with a Hyperloop rail system"Saudi Arabia is poised to become the world's first national customer of Hyperloop One's breakthrough technology and be the first country to develop a national Hyperloop network."
2019-02-24HyperLoopVirgin Hyperloop One veep to speak at Big 5 SaudiHyperloop One's presence in the Kingdom will provide a significant GDP uplift. Saudi Arabia is poised to become the world's first national customer of Hyperloop One's breakthrough technology and be the first country to develop a national hyperloop network.
2019-02-12Railroad Saudi-JordanSaudi Arabia, Jordan sign agreement to build $705m railway projectA railway line worth $704.7m (SAR2.6bn) to transport goods between the Jordanian Port of Aqaba and Ma'an Land Port will be built following an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
2019-02-01NeomKSA to Announce NEOM Project's Overall Strategy Mid-2019Chief Executive Officer of Neom Nadhmi al-Nasr said that a comprehensive strategy for Neom project will be announced within the next five months in addition to a strategy for each sector.
2019-01-29NeomSaudi Arabia announces creation of Neom CompanySaudi Arabia has established a company to develop NEOM, the planned $500 billion mega-city set to be built in the northwest of the Kingdom, it was announced on Tuesday.
2019-01-29Neom Saudi EmbassyNEOM Established as a Closed Joint-Stock Company Owned by Saudi Sovereign Wealth FundThe newly-established entity is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia and is responsible for achieving NEOM's vision, which is to be the land of the future, where the greatest minds and best talents are empowered to embody pioneering ideas and exceed boundaries in a world inspired by imagination.
2019-01-24BuildersDubai's Shaun Killa targets Saudi Arabia expansion via NeomThe firm behind Dubai's Office of the Future will head to Saudi Arabia in 2019 to work on its ambitious gigaprojects
2019-01-18Neom Bay HomesSaudi Arabia to start first phase of Neom project Construction work is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019 and will be completed in 2020.
2019-01-17Russian RDIFRussia's sovereign wealth fund to boost investment deals with Saudi ArabiaThe Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Saudi Public Investment Fund have a $10bn investment partnership
2019-01-16Neom Bay PropertyNEOM Founding Board Gives Green Light for Development of NEOM BayNEOM Founding Board, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Chairman of Board of Directors of Public Fund Investment, approved the strategic concept of the masterplan for NEOM Bay, the first urban area to be developed in NEOM.
2019-01-16Neom Bay homesSaudi Arabia to Begin Building Homes in $500 Billion Futuristic City NeomSaudi Arabia said it will start building the first residential area in a proposed $500 billion futuristic city that's become a symbol of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitions for life after oil.
2019-01-16Neom Bay homesSaudi Arabia gives green light for development of NEOM Bay"The year 2019 will be a milestone in NEOM's journey. We are now preparing for the development of NEOM Bay area, which will provide a new concept of urban living that will enable it to become a platform for attracting the world's top minds for creating advanced economic sectors", Nadhmi al-Nasr, CEO of NEOM said
2019-01-15Neom StatusSaudi Project Status ReportThe palaces for the King, Crown Prince, and other senior royals will be located on the Red Sea coast 150km west of Tabuk city, according to Reuters. Saudi Binladin Group (SBG), one of the kingdom's most high-profile contractors, was said to have won the government contracts.
2019-01-14AirportFirst flight lands at Saudi Arabia's Neom Airport in SharmaSaudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) operated the first chartered flight to Neom Airport in Sharma, located in the Tabuk region. The flight carried 130 staff of the Neom project, transporting them to the megaproject for their first annual meeting.
2018-11-27India TPCIIndia backs local firms for Neom contracts in Saudi ArabiaAn Indian delegation is due to visit Saudi Arabia on 26-27 November, 2018 as the Asian superpower seeks work for its local companies on the $500bn (SAR1.9tn) Neom, Red Sea Tourism, and Qiddiya entertainment megaprojects.
2018-10-25Neom StatusSaudi Arabia reveals construction progress updates of $500bn NeomNeom's first airport will complete before the end of 2018 and begin operations in 2019
2018-10-16SAPSAP targets Saudi's $500bn Neom smart city amid gov't discussionsGlobal software giant SAP has confirmed it is in talks with unnamed governments for the smart city infrastructure of Saudi Arabia's $500bn (SAR1.9tn) Neom gigaproject.
2018-10-15LuluUAE's Lulu Group plans to invest in Saudi Arabia's $500bn NeomUAE retail heavyweight Lulu Group, founded by influential Indian business leader Yusuff Ali Musliam, plans to invest in Saudi Arabia's $500bn (SAR1.9tn) Neom megacity. Ali, chairman of Abu Dhabi-headquartered Lulu, said the company is "upbeat" about Vision 2030-backed opportunities in Saudi Arabia.
2018-10-15UAE Dubai's Desert GroupDubai's Desert Group eyes Saudi Arabia contracts, Neom City workDubai-based landscape design and maintenance firm Desert Group sees Saudi Arabia as its "next frontier", particularly in light of the kingdom's planned $500bn (SAR1.9tn) Neom City megaproject.
2018-09-26Amaala ResortsSaudi Arabia announces project to build 'global' tourism destination"The new destination is a natural extension of the Mediterranean Sea, and dubbed the Riviera of the Middle East,"
2018-08-16AirportNeom Airport planned for Saudi Arabia's $500 billion mega-citySaudi Arabia's $500 billion city of the future, Neom, will see its own airport being built near the kingdom's Tabuk (Sharma) area.
2018-08-01AirportNeom Bay/Sharma AirportLocation
N27°55.43' , E35°17.64
2018-07-04Neom CEO Nadhmi Al-NasrAramco veteran named CEO of Saudi Arabia's $500bn NeomEng Nadhmi Al-Nasr, who most recently led Neom Bay, will take over as CEO from Klaus Kleinfeld, who will become an advisor to HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
2018-05-27VisaSaudi Red Sea project to offer visa on arrival for touristsSaudi Arabia's Red Sea project will offer visas on arrival for overseas visitors following the creation of a company to deliver the ambitious project.
2018-05-14HyperLoopVirgin Hyperloop One Youtube videos
2018-01-31ContractsSaudi Arabia awards first major contracts for $500bn NEOM mega city project Saudi Arabia has awarded the first major contracts for the planned $500bn NEOM City on the Red Sea Coast
2017-10-27Neom PortDP World Commits Port to $500 Billion Mega ProjectSpeaking at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh on a panel discussion, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of terminal operator DP World, outlined the significance of the port as a gateway for NEOM's aim to handle 10% of world trade.
2017-10-26First Article about NeomSun, Sea and Robots: Saudi Arabia's Sci-Fi City in the DesertSome 10,000 square miles (25,900 square kilometers) have been allocated for the development of the urban area that will stretch into Jordan and Egypt. More than twice the size of neighboring Qatar, the area was chosen because of its "strategic location" and proximity to international shipping routes.
2017-10-17Russian RDIFRussia's sovereign investment fund to participate in Saudi NEOM projectThe Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has announced their participation in Saudi Arabia's NEOM programme, which the kingdom has billed "the city of the future".
2016-04-08BridgeSaudi Arabia to build Red Sea bridge to EgyptThe bridge, which will be named after King Salman, aims to boost trade between the two countries
2016-04-01EmbassiesList of Saudi Arabia Embassies and ConsulatesList of Saudi Arabia Embassies and Consulates