Christian Holy Site to Be Demolished for 'Saudi Mega-City'
The site is where God gave Moses the '10 Commandments'
Saudi Arabia and Egypt are set to develop a new $350billion mega-city which could obliterate the holy site where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments.
The development will cover more than 1,000 square kilometers in the south Sinai.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is planning a metropolis 17 times larger than London at the Jabal al Lawz peak.
But the plans have caused outrage amongst many Christians who believe the development will destroy the sacred location noted in the Bible’s Mount Sinai where God appeared before Moses.
The 10,230-square-miles Saudi city, which will run renewable energy, will be ready by 2025.
But critics say the plans would destroy the world’s most famous holy sites forever.
According to a recent documentary called Finding the Mountain of Moses: The Real Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia, specialists located the area near the Jordanian border which they claim was the most likely place Moses led his followers.
Presenter Ryan Mauro said:
“The Saudis are constructing a super city that is planned to be 33 times the size of New York."
“If all of us don’t take action, Saudi construction in the area may destroy key evidence and prevent excavation for the foreseeable future.”
Mauro claims he has proof that the blackened peak is the areas where God descended on the mountain “as of fire.”
But geologists suggest that the rock’s dark color is due to it being metamorphic.
The Biel says Israelites where led by Moses to the mountain, which was covered in fire, smoke and thunder, according to the Book of Exodus claims.
The holy prophet then ascended Mount Sinai before he famously received Ten Commandments from God.
Despite the claims, Bin Salman’s pans for a mega city would destroy significant historical and archaeological evidence.
According to yalibnan: The deal came at the start of Prince Mohammed’s first public trip abroad since becoming the heir apparent last year and purging the kingdom’s business and political elite in a crackdown on corruption that saw top princes and people in business detained.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia have established ties since Sisi took power in 2013 after ousting the Muslim Brotherhood, which both countries have banned and designated as a terrorist organization.
A Saudi official told Reuters that Riyadh’s part of the new joint investment fund would be cash to help develop the Egyptian side of NEOM, which Prince Mohammed unveiled last October as part of plans to wean the world’s top crude exporter off oil revenues.
The investment deal underlines the strategic ties between the richest Arab state and the most populous.
According to BusinessInsider: NEOM's larger goal is to lessen Saudi Arabia's reliance on oil exports, which could expand the country's economy beyond oil, bin Salman said at the conference in October.
The city will focus on a variety of industries, including energy and water, biotechnology, food, advanced manufacturing, and entertainment. Saudi Arabia hasn't released a masterplan yet for what it will look like.:
"This place is not for conventional people or conventional companies, this will be a place for the dreamers for the world," bin Salman said on a panel at the conference.
"The strong political will and the desire of a nation. All the success factors are there to create something big in Saudi Arabia.".