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NEOM Announces Luxury Tourism Destination Epicon

The glistening coastal tower will be situated on the Gulf of Aqaba and is billed as “a gateway to the future”.

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Planners of NEOM, the sustainable urban development being built in northwest Saudi Arabia, have announced a new addition to the project named Epicon, a luxury coastal tourism destination on the Gulf of Aqaba.

Epicon will “set new standards of hospitality and architecture”, according to a recent NEOM press release. Rising from the desert like a glistening mirage, the facility will feature two huge towers, one 225 meters tall and the second a massive 275 meters. The towers will house 41 ultra-premium hotels and luxury residences comprising 14 suites and apartments. A short distance from the hotel, a separate resort complex will blend “tranquility with indulgence” with another 120 rooms and 45 residential beachside villas.

In the press release, NEOM officials describe Epicon as a place “designed as a gateway to the future [providing] an opportunity to escape the stresses of the every day”. Whether relaxing at the beachside club, taking a wellness treatment at the luxurious spa, or exploring the surrounding nature, the coastal tower resort will offer guests an unparalleled experience, along with a wide array of culinary options from its many restaurants and bistros.

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Epicon will also offer residential apartments, giving unrestricted access to world-class facilities and views of one of the most desirable shorelines in the region. Amenities will include a state-of-the-art gym, high-tech workspaces, a library, swimming pools, and club lounges.

News of the Epicon facility follows the recent announcement by NEOM of Leyja, a sustainable tourism destination situated in a beautiful natural valley. Overall, it appears that the development of Saudi Arabia’s northwest region will soon make it one of the world’s most desirable tourist locations.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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