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Anime competition to envisage NEOM lifestyle in 2050

Competition aims to find innovation for future residents of the planned $500million megacity set to be developed on the Saudi Arabia's northwest coast.
Anime competition to envisage NEOM lifestyle in 2050

Saudi Arabia’s Manga Productions has launched a competition to design what projects and solutions for the ambitious and futuristic planned cross-border community NEOM might look like. In collaboration with NEOM, the competition – aimed at artists aged between 15 and 35 and from Saudi Arabia or Japan – aims to find innovation for future residents of the planned $500million megacity set to developed on the Kingdom’s northwest coast.

The three winning designs, to be announced in mid-April, will also feature in the second season of Manga Productions’ anime series Future’s Folktales in 2022, with the winners embarking on a six-week course in character design.

The 13-episode first series, a joint production between Manga Production and Japan’s Toei Animation, celebrated the richness of Arabic and Saudi culture and screened in platforms around the world, with the new series showing the links between past and future. It will use NEOM as its backdrop with artists asked to show how innovation of devices can help citizens of the future city.

From anime series Future’s Folktales (Photo/Social media)

Competition judges are Shinji Shimizu, Senior Director and Producer at Toei Animation, Masami Shimoda, Director of Toei Animation, Ryan Cannon, Creative Director of MangaProductions and Essam Alghamdi, Manager of Gaming NEOM.

NEOM is described as an accelerator of human progress and a vision of what a New Future might look like. It is a region in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea being built from the ground up as a living laboratory – a place where entrepreneurship will chart the course for this New Future.

NEOM will be the home and workplace to more than a million residents from around the world. It will include towns and cities, ports and enterprise zones, research centres, sports and entertainment venues and tourist destinations.

Recently His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Chairman of the NEOM Company Board of Directors, announced THE LINE, a revolution in urban living at NEOM, and a blueprint for how people and planet can co-exist in harmony.

THE LINE, a 170km belt of hyper-connected future communities, without cars and roads and built around nature, is designed as a direct response to some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity today such as legacy infrastructure, pollution, traffic, and human congestion.

A cornerstone of Saudi Vision 2030 and an economic engine for the Kingdom, it will drive diversification and aims to contribute 380,000 jobs of the future and SAR180billion ($48 billion) to domestic GDP by 2030.

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