The Gulf region is known for building extravagant structures.
Saudi Arabia has had its fair share of extraordinary structures.
Now the gulf state of Saudi Arabia has unveiled the design for an ambitious project called “The Line.”
It is touted as a one-building city in the desert which will stretch over 106 miles and ultimately house 9 million people.
It is part of the Neom project.
What is the plan for “The Line”?
This project is will be located in the northwest of the Gulf country, near the Red Sea, according to an announcement by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Line is a proposed 200-meter wide (656 feet) building acting as a vertical city, designed to sit 500 meters (1,640 feet) above sea level.
It will span 34 square kilometres (13 square miles), according to the press release.
According to Saudi Officials, the project is ‘the city of the future: a car-free metropolis that will run on 100% renewable energy and offer its residents clean air in an ever more polluted world.
The Saudi Arabian press agency recently launched the Video for this project detailing the plan of this utopian city.
What if we could start again?
THE LINE rethinks everything we know about how people live, work and play. A 170 km-long vertical city, designed around people, rather than cars. A revolution in urban living. A city that delivers new wonders for the world.#TheLINE #NEOM pic.twitter.com/Op6HyO5gEi
— NEOM (@NEOM) July 25, 2022
In the video, we can see a sleek, futuristic and surprisingly green utopia, with a rooftop garden and ‘equitable views’ from any point.
Officials also say that this plan will have a positive impact on the environment.
The price tag for the project is estimated to be 200 Billion Euros.
People’s reactions are on The Line.
The project from its announcement has created controversy.
According to many reports in the Wall Street Journal, this area of the desert belonged to local tribes, who have been forcibly relocated.
People are also pointing out the fact that last year, Neom employees were leaving in droves as the project became mired in delays and massive overspending.
People on Twitter are also debating about the practicality or Desierbility of such a project.
Some people on Twitter are describing the projects as ‘dystopian’, with one tweeting: ‘Neom will make for a nice post-apocalyptic ruin.’
A dystopian nightmare prison
— KayJay Sings🌸 (@KayJaySings) July 28, 2022
While some users have praised this project calling it “badass” and comparing to Sci-Fi concepts such as ‘Snowpiercer.’
Ok despite my strongest MbS instincts this line city is bad ass. Like a stalled snowpiercer. Or sandpiercer in this case. https://t.co/mGqoJK28TP
— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) July 26, 2022
Credits:- Metro 50 And CNN
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