The Line: Saudi Arabia Plans Renewable Energy-Powered Smart City Without Cars And Roads - Travel

A “civilization revolution” running completely on renewable energy and preserving 95 percent of land for nature.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes an upcoming development, calling it “the city of the future in NEOM.” His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince, has announced the designs of “The Line.”

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“The designs revealed…for the city’s vertically layered communities will challenge the traditional flat, horizontal cities and create a model for nature preservation and enhanced human livability. The Line will tackle the challenges facing humanity in urban life today and will shine a light on alternative ways to live,” the Crown Prince, also Chairman of the NEOM Board of Directors, said.

His Royal Highness first announced the initial idea in January 2021. A year later, they are ready to share The Line’s unconventional concept with the world.

Future city

The development will be free of roads, cars, and emissions. This is part of its goal to prioritize health and wellbeing over transportation and infrastructure, unlike traditional cities.

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The Line is only 200 meters wide, but 170 kilometers long and 500 meters above sea level. Yet this space will eventually accommodate 9 million people and built on a footprint of only 34 square meters.

As for mobility, residents will have access to all facilities within a five-minute walk. This is on top of high-speed rail with an end-to-end transit of 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, The Line will have an outer mirror facade. Such a feature will “provide its unique character and allow even its small footprint to blend with nature.”

“We cannot ignore the livability and environmental crises facing our world’s cities. And NEOM is at the forefront of delivering new and imaginative solutions to address these issues,” the Crown Prince concluded.

Banner Photo by NEOM via website.

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