What Does NEOM Mean? (Using NEOM Online)

NEOM means "New Future". The acronym NEOM was first used publicly with the meaning "New Future" on 24 October 2017, when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the launch of a project involving the construction of a futuristic $500 billion city that will be built to run entirely on alternative energy. The first three letters of NEOM ("NEO") come from the Latin word for “New”; the final letter ("M") is an abbreviation of the Arabic word “Mostaqbal” which means “Future”.

NEOM will be built on land along Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast, near Egypt and Jordan, and will span the three countries. The city will focus on up-and-coming industries such as digital sciences, advanced manufacturing, biotech and technology. NEOM is part of a plan to diversify the Saudi economy away from dependence on oil exports. It will be a hub for new technologies, including the creation of drones, driverless cars and robotics.

Of note, In business circles, the abbreviation NEOM is also used with the meaning "New Enterprise Operating Model". This is a term used to refer to the adaptation of companies to developments in information technology.

Summary of Key Points

"New Future" is the most common definition for NEOM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:New Future
4: Difficult to Guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Specialists

An Image for NEOM

When I write NEOM, I mean this:

meaning of NEOM
Official logo of NEOM: a New Future for the gulf region.

Examples of NEOM in Sentences

Here are examples of NEOM being used in conversations:
  • Terry: Isn't NEOM the Keanu Reeves character out of The Matrix?.
  • Jill: That's Neo, you dork!
  • Don: That NEOM project in the desert looks interesting.
  • Karen: Especially if you sell aircon systems.

An Academic Look at NEOM

When used with the meaning "New Future", NEOM is an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.

Using NEOM on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Oovoo)


See Also

ITF (In the future) NYC (New York City) OKC (Oklahoma City) ISA (Inshallah (Arabic for "if God wills it"))