Saudi Arabia To House ‘The Line’ — A 100-Mile-Long, Clean and Car-Less City of Tomorrow
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced plans for The Line — a futuristic, 100-mile-long, eco-friendly city.
The Line will be part of Saudi’s $500 billion NEOM project. The project was set forth to anticipate a future beyond crude oils, which the nation has built its wealth upon.
The Line will be a totally clean operation. The eco-friendly project will produce zero emissions and work to build around nature, not through it.
‘Invisible Technology’ Housed in Layers
The top ‘Pedestrian‘ layer will house residents, communities and businesses. It will run in a straight, 170 km (106 mi) line from the coast of the Red Sea all the way to the valleys of Tabuk.
The second ‘Service‘ layer will contain the city’s infrastructure, completely hidden from view to provide ‘invisible technology’ that will help with vital functions.
Lastly, the ‘Spine‘ layer will be home to the city’s transport system. This will be loaded with AI-assisted high speed rails and their entire freight transport. The designers state that ‘no journey within The Line will take more than 20-minutes.’
The optimistic introduction video states that contemporary cities are built around machines such as cars as well as streets. The Line’s goal is to build around people for a more convenient way of living.
In fact, the city will be entirely car-free and street-free, with all essential locations within a 5-minute walking distance!
All this sounds great, right? But, how can this be afforded?
The Saudi Royal Family is said to be worth more than $1.5 trillion dollars. Yes, trillion! We’re willing to bet this won’t hurt their pockets very much. Plus, with the world becoming more eco-friendly, they’re hoping to earn their investment back.
The Line is aiming for a 2025 completion date.