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On October 24, 2017, he announced that a $500 billion futuristic megacity 33 times the size of New York City, would be built from scratch in the kingdom's northwestern deserts.
The city, named Neom, would be carbon neutral and have artificial rain, a fake moon, flying taxis, and robotic maids, according to early blueprints drawn up by consultants. It has since branded itself as a future hub for pioneering clean energy development.
The project is a key part of Vision 2030, the prince's plan to modernize the kingdom and shed its reliance on petrodollars amid fluctuating oil prices.