The initial phase of The Line is expected to be finished by 2030

NEOM released a new video showcasing the ongoing construction of THE LINE.

The initial phase of The Line, a revolutionary project in Saudi Arabia, is set to be finalized by 2030, aligning with the project’s ambitious development goals. A captivating video and a series of remarkable images have been released, offering a first glimpse into the progress made on this groundbreaking project.

In a world grappling with the challenges of urbanization, climate change, and sustainable development, Saudi Arabia has embarked on an ambitious project that promises to redefine the concept of urban living. The Line NEOM, part of the larger NEOM megaproject, is a futuristic city designed to harmonize advanced technology, environmental sustainability, and enhanced quality of life.

Vision and Ambition

The Line is a centerpiece of NEOM, a $500 billion megaproject announced by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2017. NEOM aims to transform a vast desert area in the northwest of Saudi Arabia into a global hub of innovation, trade, and community. The Line epitomizes this vision by proposing a linear city that stretches over 170 kilometers, yet is only 200 meters wide. It is designed to house a million residents in a carbon-neutral environment, free from cars, streets, and carbon emissions.

Innovative Design

The design of The Line challenges traditional urban planning norms. It envisions a linear layout that ensures all essential services and amenities are within a five-minute walk for residents. The city plans to utilize a high-speed rail with an end-to-end transit time of 20 minutes, effectively eliminating the need for personal vehicles. This radical approach not only aims to reduce pollution and traffic congestion but also to foster a sense of community and accessibility rarely seen in conventional cities.

The infrastructure of The Line is planned to be multi-layered, with the surface reserved for pedestrian use, and layers beneath dedicated to infrastructure and transportation. This vertical urban planning concept promises a blend of natural landscapes and urban living, with parks, green spaces, and outdoor activities seamlessly integrated into the city’s fabric.

Technological Innovation

The Line is poised to be a showcase of technological innovation, with artificial intelligence, robotics, and smart city technologies playing a central role in its operation. From automated services and delivery systems to AI-driven healthcare and education, the city aims to offer its residents an unparalleled quality of life. Renewable energy sources, primarily solar and wind, will power the city, aligning with its carbon-neutral goals.

Challenges and Controversies

Despite its ambitious vision, The Line faces significant challenges and controversies. The project’s feasibility, cost, and environmental impact have been subjects of debate among experts. Additionally, concerns have been raised regarding the displacement of local communities and the project’s alignment with Saudi Arabia’s broader human rights record. Addressing these concerns transparently and responsibly will be crucial for the project’s success and acceptance on the global stage.

Implications for the Future

The Line NEOM represents a bold experiment in urban design and sustainable living. If successful, it could serve as a model for new cities in an era of rapid urbanization and environmental crisis. By prioritizing pedestrian access, environmental sustainability, and technological innovation, The Line challenges us to reimagine the future of urban living. As the project progresses, it will undoubtedly continue to attract global attention, offering valuable lessons for sustainable development worldwide.

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