a Concentration camp in the good sense of the word. It will have legal boundaries that will protect the openminded and creative habitants from the medieval rules and traditions that prevail in the societies in this part of the world.
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Saudi Arabia plans to build NEOM – a megacity which will be independent of the kingdom’s “existing governmental framework”.
Is it possible that the city will be protected from the crippling rules of Islam? There must be reasons for the creation of such a megacity that will cost cost 5 billion dollars to the Saudi government and will also rely on many more billions from investor from all over the wold.
“As Saudi Arabia’s reliance on oil becomes untenable, the kingdom will need a more productive workforce —and that includes women,” says Kristin Smith Diwan, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute.
But Why only NEOM? Why only one Megacity will get such liberties and freedoms and not the whole country? Why only a part of the population and not all Saudi men and women?
I believe it is the desire of the Saudi rulers to get a ticket into the Future without giving up their totalitarian rule and unchallenged authority over the country. And why not? Why not to try the Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity). It states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
Attracting the most bright 20% of its own population and the cream of the crop from countries with stifling traditions Saudi Arabia will let them to live in a society that supports creativity and development, and the economical growth to support the lagging majority.
The NEOM is being compared to another megacity – New York with the plans to be 10 times the size. But it doesn’t end here. I believe the Arab country, home of the Mecca, the Holiest city of the whole Islamic world, want to become a new America, a kind of the USA but mostly for the Muslims of the world.
I am not against that. The idea is not even new to me. I long wondered why every country would not create some protected areas inside their territories to let oppressed minorities in their countries have a place where they would feel secure and happy.
I believe in the success of the NEOM project.
Unless leaders of other Muslim countries choose to follow the path.