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Kalbod Design Studio Reveals Designs for New Visionary NEOM Airport City
Kalbod Design Studio Reveals Designs for New Visionary NEOM Airport City

Kalbod Design Studio, an Iranian architecture firm, has unveiled a visionary concept for NEOM Airport City in Saudi Arabia.

With a focus on tourism, the design features museums, galleries, and exhibitions, positioning itself as a distinctive tourist attraction for both visitors and residents of NEOM. 

The project aligns with NEOM’s emphasis on environmental sustainability as part of the NEOM Giga project.

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The Visionary Perspective

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A visionary perspective drives the concept for the NEOM Airport City, a magnanimous blueprint that aims to forge a robust connection between Saudi Arabia’s NEOM project and the global arena. 

The NEOM project is a significant part of the Saudi Vision 2030, a strategic program that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman launched to transform the country’s economy and reduce its reliance on fossil fuel-based revenues.

Mohammad Rahimizadeh, the studio’s CEO and Principal Architect explained the mindset behind these visionary designs:

“Distinguished by its multifaceted functionality, this project is meticulously curated to align with the region’s emphasis on tourism. Beyond its primary role as an airport, NEOM Airport City stands as a distinctive tourist attraction. Its museums, galleries, and exhibitions serve as compelling destinations, captivating tourists and visitors to NEOM alike.” 

A Symbiotic Relationship

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The NEOM Airport is strategically designed to form a symbiotic relationship with ‘THE LINE,’ a city stretching 170 kilometers, to cater to the region’s communication needs.

This unique alliance focuses on ensuring accessibility and promoting economic integration while emphasizing the region’s emphasis on tourism.

The symbiotic relationship between the proposed airport and ‘THE LINE’ focuses on accessibility and economic integration. This unique approach ensures that the airport city is not just a gateway for air travel but a distinctive tourist attraction and a vibrant cultural hub.

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“Positioned as a comprehensive hub, NEOM Airport City is poised to meet the diverse needs of the NEOM area, facilitating seamless global connectivity at the highest standards. As an integral piece in the puzzle of Saudi Arabia’s megaproject, this airport is set to play a transformative role in the emergence of this new city,” states Kalbod Design Studio.

Beyond an Airport: A Tourist Attraction

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The NEOM Airport City stands out for its multifaceted functionality. It’s more than just an airport; it’s an alluring tourist attraction. With many museums, galleries, and exhibitions, it aims to captivate international tourists and NEOM’s residents.

 The airport city is meticulously curated to align with the region’s focus on tourism, offering a unique attraction beyond air travel.

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The idea of an airport as a lifestyle and retail destination is not new. Singapore Changi Airport, for example, has successfully marketed itself as a “lifestyle and retail destination on its own,” particularly after the opening of the Jewel Changi Airport in 2019. 

By integrating similar elements into its design, the NEOM Airport City aims to give travelers a unique and memorable experience.

A Commitment to Sustainability

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One of the key aspects of this endeavor is the creation of multiple cities, each generating its unique micro-climates in one of the world’s most arid regions. This innovative approach is integral to the project’s environmental and social sustainability commitment. 

It is an ambitious attempt to create a symbiosis between architecture and nature, promoting a model of sustainable development.

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The airport city is envisioned to meet the region’s diverse needs, ensuring seamless global connectivity and an outstanding travel experience for all its users. As an integral part of Saudi Arabia’s megaproject, the NEOM Airport City is set to play a transformative role in the emergence of the NEOM Urban Area.

A Comprehensive Hub

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The NEOM Airport City is envisioned as a comprehensive hub designed to meet the diverse needs of the NEOM area. The airport city facilitates seamless global connectivity, offering a superior travel experience for travelers.

As a crucial component of Saudi Arabia’s megaproject, the airport is set to play a transformative role in developing this new city.

A Glimpse into the Future

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As Saudi Arabia forges ahead with its Vision 2030, the Neom Airport City represents a glimpse into the country’s future. The airport city is more than an infrastructure project; it symbolizes Saudi Arabia’s aspirations to become a global player in tourism and hospitality.

Saudi Arabia’s Push for Tourism

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The unveiling of the NEOM Airport City concept is part of Saudi Arabia’s aggressive push to diversify its economy away from fossil fuel-based revenues. The ‘Saudi Vision 2030’ program, launched by Mohammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, in January 2016, is at the heart of this transformation.

The Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, is leading this transformation. It has already launched Riyadh Air and plans to establish NEOM Airlines to serve the metro region.

More NEOM Projects in The Making

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NEOM has recently unveiled Aquellum, a new futuristic lifestyle destination on the Gulf of Aqaba, blending luxury and nature, which will be hidden within a 450-meter-high mountain haven that blends grand architecture and cutting-edge technology to provide visitors with a futuristic experience.

Aquellum is part of a broader initiative and is not a standalone project. It is integrated into sustainable tourism destinations in the Gulf of Aqaba, such as Leyja, Epicon, Siranna, Utamo, and Norlana. These endeavors are committed to NEOM’s conservation and innovative development principles

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Norlana is a luxury, world-class waterfront destination on the beautiful Gulf of Aqaba. Norlana is designed as an exclusive community with an ultra-luxury hotel, deluxe mansions, beachfront villas, residences, a superyacht marina, and a spectacular 18-hole golf course.

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Utamo is an immersive cutting-edge art and entertainment destination in Saudi Arabia located along the Gulf of Aqaba coastline and nestled within mountains. It combines nature with technology. The entrance will feature a beautiful lush garden promenade leading to a 64m high entrance to the grand hall.

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Siranna is an exclusive tourism escape on the Gulf of Aqaba coastline in northwest Saudi Arabia. The futuristic and ultra-luxurious hexagon-shaped hotel is due to feature a 65-room hotel and 35 exclusive residences designed in hexagonal pillars with uninterrupted views of the Red Sea.

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Epicon is a new luxury coastal tourist destination in Saudi Arabia, featuring gravity-defying skyscrapers, a hotel, a luxury resort, and residences in the Gulf of Aqaba.

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Leyja is a destination set to feature three luxury hotels in the Gulf of Aqaba. The trio of hotels will be overseen by the Habitas group and are scheduled to open in 2028.

These destinations are renowned as significant tourist attractions, distinguished by their towering skyscrapers, futuristic environments, and serene hotels seamlessly blending with the natural surroundings. 

Ecotourism development within this ambitious framework persistently reshapes the standards of excellence.

Ambitious vision

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The NEOM Airport City is a testament to Saudi Arabia’s ambitious vision for the future. It represents a paradigm shift in how we perceive airports, transforming them from mere travel hubs to comprehensive cities offering a range of attractions. 

As this project unfolds, it will undoubtedly set a new benchmark for airport design and functionality, making it a model for future developments worldwide.

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