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Old 02-05-2023, 11:03 PM
 
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Really? I did not know it snows there. I thought it was just desert there.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is building a multi-billion-dollar ski resort in the desert because, of course he is. Dubbed Trojena, this latest addition to the country’s architectural portfolio is part of the futuristic megacity of Neom in the Sararwat mountains, which are approximately 2,600 metres above sea level. Set to be completed in 2026, the travel destination is touted to be 33 times larger than the bustling metropolis of New York City. Take that, Empire Staters.https://manofmany.com/outdoors/saudi...ion-ski-resort
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Old 02-06-2023, 07:02 AM
 
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How did you make the leap from "multi-billion" to "500 billion"?

Yes, it snows there. It snows in Kuwait. It snows in Amman, Jordan, most winters. It snows often in Mexico's desert. Ulan Bator, in the Gobi desert, is the world's coldest capital. Antarctica is a desert.
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Old 02-06-2023, 07:02 AM
 
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It's a bit sketchy when it comes to the details, and at this stage looks more like a proposal than reality.

I also think this scheme may have it's critics, and they may include the climate change environmental lobby.

Aren't the Saudi also committed to the $500 billion USD, The Line linear city, which is part of the Saudi Vision 2030, which has a number of vocal critics, and a number of these projects have been delayed and there actual construction has been thrown in to question.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kz5vEqdaSc

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Old 02-06-2023, 01:35 PM
 
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It's a bit sketchy when it comes to the details, and at this stage looks more like a proposal than reality.

I also think this scheme may have it's critics, and they may include the climate change environmental lobby.

Aren't the Saudi also committed to the $500 billion USD, The Line linear city, which is part of the Saudi Vision 2030, which has a number of vocal critics, and a number of these projects have been delayed and there actual construction has been thrown in to question.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kz5vEqdaSc
I heard about the Linear city proposal as well. There are estimates that it will cost a trillion dollars. If it succeeds it will take at least 60 years to complete. Yet this project is underway already.

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Satellite images of the $500 billion project obtained exclusively by MIT Technology Review show that the Line’s vast linear building site is already taking shape, running as straight as an arrow across the deserts and through the mountains of northern Saudi Arabia. The site, tens of meters deep in places, is teeming with many hundreds of construction vehicles and likely thousands of workers, themselves housed in sprawling bases nearby.

Analysis of the satellite images by Soar Earth, an Australian startup that aggregates satellite imagery and crowdsourced maps into an online digital atlas, suggests that the workers have already excavated around 26 million cubic meters of earth and rock—78 times the volume of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa
https://www.technologyreview.com/202...gacity-google/
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Old 02-06-2023, 07:08 PM
 
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It will be a year-round tourist destination.
The project is set to be ready by 2026.
Lots of snow in winter on Trojena! Awesome!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGSsYXQYIRc
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Old 02-08-2023, 07:35 AM
 
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I heard about the Linear city proposal as well. There are estimates that it will cost a trillion dollars. If it succeeds it will take at least 60 years to complete. Yet this project is underway already.

https://www.technologyreview.com/202...gacity-google/


Whether these projects go ahead as planned remains to be seen, as they do look very ambitious even for an oil rich country such as Saudi Arabia.
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Old 02-08-2023, 03:10 PM
 
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Whether these projects go ahead as planned remains to be seen, as they do look very ambitious even for an oil rich country such as Saudi Arabia.
This new project will be will be 170 km long and 500 meters high. Anyway it is so high and it is taller than any building here in Australia. It is expected to host 9 million people. Currently they are looking for international investments to achieve this project.

Of course Saudi Arabia is striving to improve its image as a high tech hub and major tourist region, and attract massive investment. Also a way to see the country more than just an oil exporting country and a place for Muslim Religious pilgrimage.

Plus despite its very strict Islamic laws on alcohol and forbidden on sex outside marriage, there is current policy of "do not ask: do not tell" on that especially in the compounds where foreigners tend to live. It likely to be a scenario where the "do not ask, do not tell" will eventually apply throughout the kingdom. Especially after the huge ski resort is built to attract international tourists.
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Old 02-08-2023, 05:39 PM
 
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This new project will be will be 170 km long and 500 meters high. Anyway it is so high and it is taller than any building here in Australia. It is expected to host 9 million people. Currently they are looking for international investments to achieve this project.

Of course Saudi Arabia is striving to improve its image as a high tech hub and major tourist region, and attract massive investment. Also a way to see the country more than just an oil exporting country and a place for Muslim Religious pilgrimage.

Plus despite its very strict Islamic laws on alcohol and forbidden on sex outside marriage, there is current policy of "do not ask: do not tell" on that especially in the compounds where foreigners tend to live. It likely to be a scenario where the "do not ask, do not tell" will eventually apply throughout the kingdom. Especially after the huge ski resort is built to attract international tourists.
Saudi Arabia hasn’t even completed its 1km tall Jeddah tower, which is currently on hold. I think they are getting ahead of themselves with this. If they truly wish to improve their image, then they should look at what other Gulf States are doing, such as the UAE and Qatar.
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Old 02-08-2023, 05:49 PM
 
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Why not just a dune resort? You can build up some pretty good speed down one of those monster dunes on a snow-- erm, "sandboard."


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Saudi Arabia hasn’t even completed its 1km tall Jeddah tower, which is currently on hold. I think they are getting ahead of themselves with this. If they truly wish to improve their image, then they should look at what other Gulf States are doing, such as the UAE and Qatar.
That's exactly what they've done. Perhaps they're being a little ham-handed about it out of the gate, but they've certainly recognized the potential of Middle Eastern tourism by watching their neighbors (UAE in particular) make an impressive go of it.
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Old 02-09-2023, 02:30 AM
 
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This new project will be will be 170 km long and 500 meters high. Anyway it is so high and it is taller than any building here in Australia. It is expected to host 9 million people. Currently they are looking for international investments to achieve this project.

Of course Saudi Arabia is striving to improve its image as a high tech hub and major tourist region, and attract massive investment. Also a way to see the country more than just an oil exporting country and a place for Muslim Religious pilgrimage.

Plus despite its very strict Islamic laws on alcohol and forbidden on sex outside marriage, there is current policy of "do not ask: do not tell" on that especially in the compounds where foreigners tend to live. It likely to be a scenario where the "do not ask, do not tell" will eventually apply throughout the kingdom. Especially after the huge ski resort is built to attract international tourists.
I totally agree.

One of the main problems in terms of attracting international tourism are Islamic laws relating to sex, alcohol, gambling, and numerous other such things.
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