TechUnusual desert structures. Epicon as part of the Saudi megalopolis Neom

Unusual desert structures. Epicon as part of the Saudi megalopolis Neom

Futuristic Epicon towers will be built over the Aqaba Bay.
Futuristic Epicon towers will be built over the Aqaba Bay.
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6:22 AM EST, November 17, 2023

Saudi Arabia has ambitious plans to convert its vast deserts into vibrant, futuristic cities. This grand vision involves an investment of hundreds of billions of dollars, and one of the key initiatives is Epicon - a forward-looking development intended to rise as a luxurious living space and globetrotter's hub.

Epicon, located in Saudi Arabia, is designed to simulate a desert mirage. Nestled in the heart of the desert near the Saudi coast, two futuristic towers will spring from the ground. The taller tower stands at an impressive 902 feet, while its smaller companion measures about 738 feet in height.

The space between the two magnificent towers will feature a hotel zone, swimming pools, public amenities, and all sorts of high-tech facilities for residents. These incredible skyscrapers are planned to be constructed over the Gulf of Aqaba, on the northern coast of the Red Sea.

Both the highest towers are planned for residential use, supplemented by a range of amenities necessary for comfortable living. The generous space within these towers will be comparable to a district of a traditional city.

Beside them, a shorter tower, acting as a seaside resort, will offer extra hotel space and verdant areas. This unique proposition is designed to serve as an ideal place to live, work, and evolve, presenting, according to its developers, a gateway to the future and a must-visit destination for international tourists.

Neom: the megalopolis of the future

Epicon is just one part of a grander project known as Neom. This represents a Saudi initiative to construct a futuristic megalopolis, segmented into 10 entities, also termed regions. The project plans include "The Line", a 106-mile linear city built along the principal artery.

Next to "The Line", construction is underway (with parts already operational) on the monumental skyscraper, Mukaab, designed as a 1,312-foot cuboid. There's also the tourist-friendly island of Sindalah, and the Trojena, a winter sports center completely powered by renewable energy.

The maritime city of Oxagon is already partially functioning, and construction is in full swing near the city of Jeddah on the world's tallest building, Jeddah Tower, which is over a mile tall. Epicon will be yet another jewel in the crown of this colossal investment.

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