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Saudi Arabia: The Line, the sustainable city of the future

Credits : Bandar Al-Jaloud - AFP

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salmane has just presented to the public the country's latest urban planning super-project, which is integrated into the futuristic and touristic NEOM region. A futuristic city based on strong environmental commitments.

In The Line, there will be no roads, no cars, and zero CO2 emissions. Simply because there will be no need for them. In this city, which will be able to accommodate up to 1 million inhabitants, everything will be accessible in less than 5 minutes on foot. This is, in any case, the promise made by the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, during the press conference announcing the project, which he led in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Directors of NEOM.

Paradigm shift

The idea of The Line is to break with the trend that has existed since the last industrial revolution: that of pushing humans to impose themselves on their environment. Exit this strategy, the time has come to adapt. For example, schools, health centers, and all public transit solutions will be accessible on foot, and every part of society will be less than 20 minutes away. Accessibility records that will make every urbanite who has ever had to struggle with the joys of commuting to work dream.

A linear city, Saudi Arabia’s brand new concept.

Solutions that live up to ambitions

To ensure the smooth running of this ambitious project, the city will rely heavily on artificial intelligence technologies as well as on “low carbon impact equipment powered by 100% renewable energy” according to NEOM‘s press release.

Another point to emphasize for the country, which wants to diversify its economy and begin to free itself from its dependence on oil, so it is the world’s leading exporter, this project should create 380,000 jobs and its contribution to GDP is estimated at 39 billion euros by 2030.