Saudi women attend a concert by Egyptian pop sensation Tamer Hosny in the western city of Jeddah on March 30, 2018.
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On the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, a new city in development is struggling to rise to the ambitious goals set by its founders.The city, population 6,500, also aims to bring in 1 million visitors this year with a slew of new attractions and hotels.Mixed-Gender AudiencesEmaar Economic City is a joint venture between the Saudi government and Dubai's Emaar Properties PJSC. CEO al-Rasheed said the company is working on 45 leisure and tourism projects, 30 of which are set to be completed this year. KAEC, named after the former Saudi ruler, covers 181 square kilometers of desert.While the seaport and one hotel are in operation and a some residential buildings have been completed, the development has been slow to attract investors to a place that's 120 kilometers from the nearest large city, Jeddah and doesn't have its own airport.The train trip will take about 35 minutes from downtown Jeddah and about an hour from the two holy cities, according to Emaar Economic City.
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