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The Line is a proposed smart linear city in Saudi Arabia in Neom, Tabuk, which is designed to have no cars, streets or carbon emissions. The 170-kilometre-long city is part of Saudi Vision 2030 project, which Saudi Arabia claims will create 380,000 jobs and add $48 billion to the country's GDP.

The Line is planned to be the first development in Neom, a $500 billion project.

The city's plans anticipate a population of 9 million.

As of October 2022, excavation work had started along the entire length of the project.

The project has faced criticism over its impact on the environment and the current population of the area, as well as doubts about its technological and economic viability.

Upon completion, The Line will be 170 kilometres (110 mi) across and will preserve 95% of the nature within Neom. It stretches from the Red Sea, approximately to the city of Tabuk, on the Hejaz railway. It is planned to have nine million residents, resulting in a population density of 260,000 people per square kilometer.

By comparison, Manila was the world's most densely populated city as of 2019, with a density of 44,000/km2. The Line's plan consists of two mirrored buildings with an outdoor space in between, having a total width of 200 metres (660 ft) and a total height of 500 metres (1,600 ft). This would make it the 3rd tallest building in the country, after the Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower and the proposed Jeddah Tower, and approximately the 12th tallest building in the world. The city will be divided into nodes. All daily services are designed to be reachable within a 5-minute walk.

The city will also be powered entirely by renewable energy. The Line will consist of three layers, including one on the surface for pedestrians, one underground for infrastructure, and another underground for transportation. The transportation layer will include a high-speed rail system, which is claimed to allow people to go from one side of the city to the other side in 20 minutes. Without accounting for stops, this would require an average speed of 512 km/h, which is faster than any existing high-speed rail at the time of announcement. Artificial intelligence will monitor the city and use predictive and data models to figure out ways to improve daily life for citizens in The Line, with residents being paid for submitting data to The Line.

Estimated building cost is US$100–200 billion (400–700 billion SAR), with some estimates as high as $1 trillion. It is claimed by the Saudi government that it will create 380,000 jobs, spur economic diversification, and contribute 180 billion SAR (US$48 billion) to domestic GDP by 2030.

Neom's most notable feature is the linear megastructure – creatively dubbed "The Line" – that will supposedly extrude twinned 150-storey buildings a hundred miles across the desert, with less than the distance between two New York City avenues separating them, and plant a city for nine million in the slot thus created.

Recently released drone footage suggests that Saudi Arabia has indeed begun construction in the desert of the long-promised metropolis The Line, despite the claims of skeptics about the utopian fantasies associated with this project.

NEOM: New drone footage shows Saudi Arabia's The Line under construction. Saudi Arabia's upcoming mega project 'The Line' is now under construction, as seen on a new drone footage released by the Saudi Arabia-based OT Sky drone company.

The Line is planned to be the first development in Neom, a $500 billion project. The city's plans anticipate a population of 9 million. As of October 2022, excavation work had started along the entire length of the project.

While the initial plan was to complete NEOM by 2030 with an allotted $500 billion, some reports claim that the city may not be completed until 2050, which will likely increase costs significantly.

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Prince Mohammed says that phase one of the project, lasting until 2030, would cost 1.2 trillion Saudi riyals (about £265 billion) – quite a large portion of his US$620 billion (£516 billion) sovereign wealth fund. Ultimately, the Line could take 50 years to complete.

People's health and wellbeing will be prioritized over transportation and infrastructure, unlike traditional cities. Only 200 meters wide, but 170 kilometers long and 500 meters above sea level. The Line will eventually accommodate 9 million people and will be built on a footprint of just 34 square kilometers.

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This 'insane' project is based 'on blind faith in the power of technology to solve humanity's problems,' says one Israeli scholar. A design for the Saudi Arabia megacity, Neom. 'There is no need to start from scratch,' says Israeli architect Eliyahu Keller.

THE LINE, a city of a million residents with a length of 170 km that preserves 95% of nature within NEOM, with zero cars, zero streets and zero carbon emissions.

THE LINE will consist of two 1,600 feet tall buildings that run parallel to each other and go across desert, mountains, and coastal areas.  When completed, the $1 trillion building will hold up to 5 million people and its residents will be able to commute end-to-end in 20 minutes

'THE LINE is a project that is a civilizational revolution that puts humans first,' - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The buildings will run from the Gulf of Aqaba through to a mountain resort and a complex that will house the Saudi government, according to the confidential plans.

THE LINE is the first time in 150 years that a major urban development has been designed around people, not roads. Walkability will define life on THE LINE – all essential daily services, such as schools, medical clinics, leisure facilities, as well as green spaces, will be within a five-minute walk.

Ultra-high-speed transit and autonomous mobility solutions will make travel easier and give residents the opportunity to reclaim time to spend on health and wellbeing. It is expected no journey will be longer than 20 minutes.

The concept of a Linear City isn't a new one. It was first thought of in 1882 and plans were floated for a similar concept from Boston to Washington in 1965.

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The news of THE LINE was revealed by His Highness Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Monday July 25.

The city will function on 100 percent renewable energy, prioritising the well-being and health of its future residents, while also aiming to preserve 95 percent of NEOM’s land.

The designs of THE LINE NEOM highlight the future of urban communities, free from roads and cars.

That’s not all. The Line NEOM developments are set to challenge the traditional flat, horizontal cities by promoting urban living with nature in a vertical design.

Wondering what exactly “the line” is? THE LINE NEOM is 200 metres wide, 170 kilometres long and 500 metres above sea level.

THE LINE NEOM aims to accommodate 9 million residents built on a footprint of 34 square kilometres, a far stretch from other cities of similar capacity.

Other developments in THE LINE NEOM will include a high-speed rail with end-to-end transits of 20 minutes. Residents will also have access to facilities in the city within a five-minute walk.

THE LINE will provide three dimensions of movement (up, down or across) in a concept known as Zero Gravity Urbanism.

It sounds like there are plenty of photo opportunities already. The city will also have an outer mirror façade.

The future is here. Stay tuned to Time Out Riyadh for exciting updates about NEOM.

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  • The project has received its fair share of skepticism around feasibility.
  • Located on a coastal strip in Tabuk in the northwest of the country, there are three areas of Neom that have been officially announced — primarily The Line.
  • The other planned Neom areas are Oxagon, a “gateway to advanced and clean industries,” which will become the largest floating industrial complex in the world.
  • And Trojena, a year-round destination with mountain quality dry air, a ski slope, mountain biking, water sports, wellness facilities, and an interactive nature reserve.

Saudi Arabia will set aside 300 billion riyals ($80 billion) for an investment fund tied to the crown prince's flagship megaproject, Neom, and plans an initial public offering of the project on the kingdom's stock market as soon as 2024.

Saudi Arabia's NEOM Green Hydrogen Company has selected India's Larsen & Toubro as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for solar and wind plants to power the planned $5bn green hydrogen-based ammonia plant at the NEOM development.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has been attracting international attention for the momentum of its transformation taking place under the Vision 2030 development plan. In 2017, Prince Mohammed bin Salman first unveiled NEOM, KSA’s flagship business and tourism development. Located on the Red Sea coast, NEOM is a central project in the 2030 Vision outlining the Kingdom’s plans to diversify the economy.

NEOM offers unique opportunities and advantages to leading investors and business owners worldwide. It will enable them to gain direct access to both Saudi and global markets, given its unique geographic location linking three continents.

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