Saudi crown prince holds the line on north-west mega-development amid scepticism

Issue 1119 - 04 Feb 2021

Saudi Arabia is projecting its multi-billion dollar soft power, with slick TV ads for Neom and a Dubai-style kingdom appearing around the world, showing a vision that, if not fantasy, is certainly still years away. Mohammed Bin Salman’s futuristic development plans and the social shifts they promise may eventually produce a vibrant, unrecognisable Saudi Arabia, but tensions with locals and testing financial questions remain to be resolved.

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