Going beyond oil

The Saudi government is planning four new cities to serve its exploding population and make its economy less dependent on oil.

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King Abdullah Economic City
King Abdullah Economic City
As designed, the cities will have a total of four times the geographic area of Hong Kong, three times the population of Dubai, and - so the Saudis claim - an economic output equal to Singapore's.

The coastal King Abdullah Economy City is designed to house two million in an area twice the size of Hong Kong. Entirely funded by domestic and foreign private investors, this is the only one of the four planned cities that is currently under construction. Aside from the seaport and residential area, KAC will also house a sprawling industrial zone, a central business district, a sea resort, and a multi-university education campus.
NEXT: Jazan Economic City
Last updated August 12 2008: 10:14 AM ET
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