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What to Expect in the "City of the Future:" Saudi Arabia's Innovative Urban Planning


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What is special about the “city of the future” that Saudi Arabia is planning to build?


Among the most promising projects for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is “The Line” city project, a city that will provide the best living conditions for residents.


It is planned to build this city on the coast of NEOM, northwest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at the edge of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea. It will be residential complexes designed in a unique way, extending over a length of 170 km and a width of 200 metres. Both sides of the city will be covered with glass surfaces composed of reflective mirrors to give it a unique character.


“The Line” will be built on an area of ​​approximately 34 square kilometers, and will accommodate about 9 million people, and green spaces and plants will cover a large portion of its internal area, to be a model for modern cities that comply with environmental preservation standards.


What will distinguish it most is that it will be free of traditional streets and cars, that is, free of carbon emissions that are harmful to the environment and humans. It will also rely on 100% renewable energy, and the city will be designed so that anyone in it can access all the facilities they need within 5 minutes of walking. There will be a high-speed train, connecting the two extreme points within “The Line” in a period not exceeding 20 minutes.


Those in charge of the city project indicated that “The Line” will attract the bright elites, as it will provide people with unparalleled social and economic experiences, in a city free of pollution and traffic accidents, in addition to world-class preventive health care.


The Line will work to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in terms of economic diversification, and will provide approximately 380,000 job opportunities, and will contribute to adding 180 billion riyals (48 billion US dollars) to the gross domestic product by 2030.


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said about the aforementioned city project and the NEOM project: “The Line project will overcome the challenges facing humanity in urban life today, and will shed light on innovative alternative ways of living. We cannot ignore the challenges of living and the environmental crises that the world are facing today, but NEOM is at the forefront in providing the latest and most innovative solutions to overcome these challenges. NEOM leads a team of the brightest minds in architecture, engineering and construction to embody the idea of vertical construction into a reality in which we live."


Source: RT - ublication date: 07/11/2023

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