Nabil Alhakamy

Saudi Megaprojects are Pillars of a Global Economic Superpower: A Glimpse from 2040

الخميس - 30 نوفمبر 2023

Thu - 30 Nov 2023

By 2040, Saudi Arabia was no longer just a vast desert nation known for its oil riches. Its vision had materialized into a reality where innovation, tourism, culture, and economic prowess intertwined seamlessly, placing the country at the center of global attention.

Neom, once an ambitious plan, had become the global city of the future. Its futuristic skyline is blended with the northwestern region's sustainable architectures and tech-integrated ecosystems. This city is an economic powerhouse hotbed of research, innovation, and next-gen technologies. Neom is a model for cities worldwide, showcasing how urban spaces could be advanced and sustainable.

Riyadh, the capital, had evolved into a dynamic urban center, rivaling global cities better than the best world-class cities such as New York and Tokyo. Besides being a political and administrative hub, Riyadh emerged as a center for fintech, biotechnology, AI-driven industries, cutting-edge scientific research, and others. Its business districts buzzed with global headquarters and state-of-the-art tech facilities.

The coastal gem of Saudi, Jeddah, is the epitome of blending tradition with modernity. As a hub for marine research and sustainable oceanic projects, Jeddah also retained its status as a gateway for pilgrims, further boosting its global tourism profile.

Al Ula, once a hidden gem in the kingdom's northwestern region, had risen to global fame. This ancient city, with its rock formations and archaeological sites, fused history with contemporary art and culture. Resorts, museums, and galleries made Al Ula a sought-after destination for cultural tourism.

With their unique landscapes and terrains, the southern regions had become a beacon for eco-tourism and adventure seekers. Integrated resorts, mountain retreats, and sustainable farming projects attracted visitors and researchers alike.

Each direction in Saudi held its unique allure. Research facilities and academic institutions marked the northern regions. With its oil reserves, the East had transformed into an energy research and innovation hub, focusing on sustainable and renewable sources. The western coastline, dotted with luxurious resorts, marinas, and entertainment zones, had become a Riviera for the world's elite.

Beyond cities, projects like the Red Sea Project and Qiddiya have altered the tourism landscape. The Red Sea Project, with its untouched islands and coral reefs, was a luxury destination focusing on marine conservation and high-end experiences. Qiddiya, on the outskirts of Riyadh, was the entertainment capital, home to theme parks, sports arenas, and cultural venues.

By 2040, these mega-projects had transformed Saudi Arabia into a multifaceted jewel. The nation was not just an economic superpower but also a nexus for global innovation, a destination for discerning tourists, and a hub for culture and arts.

Saudi's strategic investments in education, infrastructure, and technology had borne fruit. The world now looks at Saudi for oil and leadership in various sectors. Saudi was at the forefront, from innovations in renewable energy to breakthroughs in biotechnology.

Tourism flourished, with visitors flocking to experience Saudi's unique blend of tradition and modernity. Diverse sectors, from tech startups in Neom to art festivals in Al Ula, buoyed the nation's economy.

In 2040, Saudi Arabia had realized its vision. It was not just self-reliant but was guiding the world in several domains. As a testament to its visionary leadership and relentless pursuit of excellence, Saudi Arabia stood tall, not as an oil-rich nation, but as a global superpower shaping the 21st century.