Inside plan for the incredible megacity OXAGON – the “world’s largest floating structure” as part of the $500 billion Neom project

MORE plans for a remarkable eight-sided floating city that would be the world’s largest floating structure if built have been unveiled.

The futuristic project off the coast of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia would be arranged around water-filled plazas connected by canals.

Saudi Arabia has launched the floating city of Oxagon

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Saudi Arabia has launched the floating city of OxagonPhoto credit: NEOM
Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of OXAGON, the world's largest floating industrial complex and the world's first fully integrated port and supply chain ecosystem., , https://www.offshore-energy.biz/oxagon-worlds-largest-floating -industrial -complex-revealed/

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Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of OXAGON, the world’s largest floating industrial complex and the world’s first fully integrated port and supply chain ecosystem., , https://www.offshore-energy.biz/oxagon-worlds-largest-floating -industrial -complex-revealed/Photo credit: NEOM
The Neom project also includes ambitious plans for a 170 km long city

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The Neom project also includes ambitious plans for a 170 km long cityPhoto credit: AFP

It is part of the Saudi regime’s broader Neom project, a $500 billion megacity aiming to transform the desert kingdom.

The bizarre offshore development would also include a cruise ship terminal and an oceanographic research center.

Saudi officials hope the sci-fi city will help the Middle East nation turn its back on oil and attract more tourists.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “Oxagon will be the catalyst for economic growth and diversity in Neom and the Kingdom, and further fulfill our Vision 2030 ambitions.

“Oxagon will help redefine the global approach to industrial development going forward, protecting the environment while creating jobs and growth for Neom.

“It will contribute to Saudi Arabia’s regional trade and commerce and help create a new focal point for global trade flows.”

Glossy videos and images promoting Oxagon show gleaming white structures silhouetted against the sparkling blue waters of the Red Sea, punctuated by archival footage of futuristic manufacturing.

Saudi authorities claim that the futuristic new megacity Neom will be 33 times the size of New York when built.

Oxagon would be located in the southwestern area of ​​Neom, half of which is floating on the Red Sea, which averages 500m deep.

According to press releases from the Desert Kingdom, the city will run entirely on renewable energy, using artificial intelligence and robotics to create “a seamlessly integrated, intelligent and efficient supply chain.”

Strategically located near the Suez Canal, Oxagon is set to become a stunning new “logistics hub” for Saudi Arabia.

Its designers aim to have it completed by 2030 and claim that several of its major components will be in place by 2025.

Oxagon hopes to house around 90,000 people by 2030, with the first moving in as early as next year.

Much of the floating city will be left to industry, although there will be housing developments.

Also part of the controversial Neom development will be a luxury island designed by Luca Dini Design and Architecture and a ski resort designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which Saudi Arabia claims will be ready to host the Asian Winter Games in just seven years.

Neom will also feature the dramatic 170 km long futuristic city called The Line.

The spectacular, mirror-topped horizontal skyscraper designed by US studio Morphosis is expected to house nine million people when completed.

However, the project has been criticized by experts for both its sustainability and human rights impact.

Earlier this year, experts at architecture magazine Dezeen said that claims about the project’s sustainability and livability were “naïve”.

Human rights groups have reported that three members of a local tribe who criticized the evictions caused by the megacity’s development have been sentenced to death.

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After it was learned that members of the Huwaitat tribe were to be executed, Amnesty International’s Peter Frankental said the architectural firms that designed Neom faced a “moral dilemma” and should “think twice” about their involvement in the project should continue.

But the Saudi government has insisted that Neom will actually help reverse some of the plan’s effects by reviving land around the megacity and protecting marine life in the waters near Oxagon.

The Line is a horizontal skyscraper designed to accommodate 9 million people

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The Line is a horizontal skyscraper designed to accommodate 9 million peoplePhoto credit: AFP
Oxagon will be home to 90,000 people by 2030, according to designers

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Oxagon will be home to 90,000 people by 2030, according to designersPhoto credit: NEOM

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