Updated January 2024
The Oxagon project in Saudi is a part of Saudi Arabia’s NEOM (a future planned city to be built in the Tabuk province of northwestern Saudi Arabia). It is a planned 7-kilometre wide, floating city, which is supposed to be the largest floating structure in the world.
Oxagon is NEOM’s economic and industrial engine, driving innovation in industry and technology whilst offering exceptional livability. The city is designed to attract global talent and breathe new life into manufacturing, and as stated by the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, the Oxagon will also contribute to Saudi Arabia’s regional trade and commerce and support creating a new focal point for global trade flows.
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Oxagon NEOM in Saudi Arabia
The Oxagon project in Saudi is a part of Saudi Arabia’s NEOM (a future planned city to be built in the Tabuk province of northwestern Saudi Arabia). It is a planned 7-kilometre wide, floating city, which is supposed to be the largest floating structure in the world. Oxagon is NEOM’s economic and industrial engine, driving innovation in industry and technology whilst offering exceptional livability.
As stated by the Crown Prince and Chairman of the NEOM Company Board of Directors, Mohammed bin Salman, the Oxagon will also contribute to Saudi Arabia’s regional trade and commerce and support creating a new focal point for global trade flows.
The city is designed to attract global talent and breathe new life into manufacturing. With a next-gen automated & integrated port and supply chain fostering an ecosystem for research and innovation, the city will act as a catalyst for advanced transformational industries and a global gateway for world trade.
Oxagon NEOM location
Being constructed as the future of advanced and clean industries, the Oxagon will essentially be situated on the Red Sea coast, enabled by an automated port that integrates a smart supply chain network, with around 13 percent of global trade passing through the Suez Canal.
Moreover, the city also expects to incorporate a population of 90,000 and offer around 70, 000 jobs by the year 2030.
Oxagon NEOM features
Adding to its uniqueness, the Oxagon project in Saudi also boasts the following features:
- World’s largest floating structure
- High-speed rail to THE LINE and NEOM airport
- The largest cruise terminal in the Red Sea
- 13% of global trade passes through via the Suez Canal
- 5 min walk to the beach and nature spots
- 100% clean energy
- Port with 3.5m TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) capacity
What is the Oxagon Hackathon?
The Oxagon Hackathon is a 3-day challenge, in partnership with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education and powered by the local accelerator Blossom. The Hackathon will take place in Riyadh from 6 to 8 October 2022.
The Hackathon will mainly focus on four industries, reflecting some of NEOM’s industrial goals, including technology in the service of people, water innovation and sustainable solutions to address water scarcity challenges, renewable energy solutions, leveraging the country’s commitment to exploring clean energy alternatives such green hydrogen and e-fuels.
The applicants from the following categories can apply for the Oxagon Hackathon programme:
- Males and females
- Teams of two to six, aged 18-65
- Saudi-based with a Saudi national as team leader
- Programmers, developers, designers, students, academics, founders, marketers, entrepreneurs
- Critical thinkers with big ideas
Please note that the applications for Hackathon are still going on, and you can apply from here.
What is the Oxagon Accelerator?
Followed by the Hackathon, the Oxagon Accelerator will take place in Riyadh starting in November 2022. It is a 12-week programme that will provide the participants with the knowledge, resources, network and business resilience to develop and deliver their solutions from lab to market. The founders and visionaries with existing start-ups can apply for this programme.
Moreover, the Accelerator will offer expertise and technical knowledge from the Oxagon’s expert partners to help local start-ups convert their ideas into prospering businesses. The Accelerator is also most likely to attract more than 100 investors from across the Middle East and North Africa, thereby giving start-ups plenty of fundraising opportunities.
Please note that the applications for Accelerator are going on at present, and you can apply from here.
What to expect from Oxagon NEOM in Saudi Arabia?
Second to none transportation links
The Oxagon city will essentially be situated on the Red Sea coast allowing it to be enabled by an automated port that integrates a smart supply chain network, with around 13 percent of global trade passing through the Suez Canal.
Providing an access to 40 percent of the world within 6 hours, the city’s location on the Red Sea coast also makes its high-speed rail, maritime, road and air transportation links unparallel and incomparable.
A fully integrated port & supply chain
Being the world’s first fully integrated port and supply chain, Oxagon has been instrumented on a single digital platform.
Allowing real-time planning, secure on-time delivery and maximised cost-effectiveness in NEOM and beyond, the Oxagon boasts and promises the following features:
Revamping the throughput rates, Oxagon offers smooth and intelligent offloading of cargo.
As Oxagon is essentially located within the fully integrated port, it offers unparallel access to rail and roads.
Automated transport systems
Oxagon’s automated transport systems with an integrated high-speed freight network connect NEOM, with full traceability
Smart fulfillment centres
It serves NEOM through optimized connectivity, automation and integration.
Driverless last mile
The cutting-edge automation and integration of the Oxagon allow it to make quick and secure deliveries to end-customer.
Future of advanced and clean industries
Offering exceptional livability and being constructed as the future of advanced and clean industries, a hub for innovation, Oxagon is being developed in harmony with nature. The blueprint of Oxagon city is mainly based on five strategic pillars:
- Advanced and Clean Industries
- Research and Innovation
- Next Generation Port
- Integrated Supply Chain and Logistics Zone
- Urban Communities
A catalyst for advanced transformational industries
Offering opportunities to turn all your monumental ambitions into reality, Oxagon is truly NEOM’s catalyst for advanced transformational industries. Providing an innovative way of living and working, the Oxagon lets people make the biggest impact on their businesses, in harmony with nature, by putting forward the following unique features:
- A hub for advanced and clean manufacturing
- Living lab for research and innovation
- Next generation automated port and supply chain with global connectivity
- Exceptional livability
- 100% clean energy
Minimises waste and maximises output
Curated to have an advanced landscape at NEOM, the Oxagon is a circular economy which will create a clean energy system that minimizes waste and maximizes output by swapping disposable for renewable.
Home to several advanced technology industries
Enabling growth and promoting innovation, Oxagon will be a natural home to several advanced technology industries. Accelerating ideas from labs to market, the businesses in Oxagon city will be supported by an elegant and flexible infrastructure:
Solar PV, green hydrogen, battery storage and on-shore wind.
Autonomous and sustainable mobility
Autonomous pods and shuttles, urban air mobility, green heavy-duty commercial vehicles, green watercraft.
Modular construction, 3D printing, sustainable steel, zero-emission, heavy machinery.
Seawater destination, brine management, wastewater treatment, system management devices.
Sustainable food production
Greenhouses, aquaculture, alternative meat, sustainable packaging.
Health and wellbeing
Pharma, biotech, nutrition, medtech.
Technology and digital
Industrial, service and general-purpose robots, communication infrastructure for 5G+, space systems, electronic components, and 3D printing equipment.
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