Why Saudi Arabia Is Building A Line City | 2022 Update | Habibi Cuts
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The plan for The Line was announced on January 10, 2021 by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a presentation that was broadcast on state television. Upon completion, The Line will be 170 kilometres across, will preserve 95% of the nature within Neom, and is expected to have nine million residents. The Line’s plan consists of two mirrored buildings with an outdoor space in between, having a total width of 200 metres and a total height of 500 metres. 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 when finished, reaching a speed of 512 km/h, which is faster than 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.
The Line is a proposed smart linear city in Saudi Arabia in Neom, Tabuk, currently under construction, that 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 will be the first development in Neom, a planned $500 billion city. The city’s plans anticipate a population of 9 million.