Saudi Arabia – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has revealed plans to build a new city to end the country’s reliance on its oil reserves. Deriving all its power from renewable sources, the futuristic city of Neom will be home to both humans and robots, including Saudi Arabia’s first robotic citizen Sophia.
All mundane and repetitive tasks will be automated to enable the city’s human population to undertake more skills-based projects. The £379bn ($500bn, €430bn) initiative will be entirely self-sufficient, using vertical farms and solar-powered greenhouses to grow crops. Look out for our forthcoming Saudi Arabia Market for more on innovations in the Middle East.