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Saudi Revolution in Urban Living “The Line”

🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia.

The Line is a linear smart city under construction in Saudi Arabia in Neom, Tabuk Province, which is designed to have no cars, streets, or carbon emissions. It is a civilizational revolution that puts humans first, providing an unprecedented urban living experience while preserving the surrounding nature. It redefines the concept of urban development and what cities of the future should look like.

No roads, cars, or emissions, it will run on 100% renewable energy and 95% of land will be preserved for nature. People's health and well-being will be prioritized over transportation and infrastructure, unlike traditional cities. Only 200 meters wide, but 170 kilometers long and 500 meters above sea level.

THE LINE will eventually accommodate 9 million people and will be built on a footprint of just 34 square kilometers. This will mean a reduced infrastructure footprint, creating never-before-seen efficiencies in city functions. The ideal climate all year round will ensure that residents can enjoy the surrounding nature. THE LINE will tackle the challenges facing humanity in urban life today and will shine a light on alternative ways to live. 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. NEOM is leading a team of the brightest minds in architecture, engineering and construction to make the idea of building upwards a reality." His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman said.

Everything will be accessible within a five- minute walk and an efficient public transport network will offer an end-to-end journey in just 20 minutes. Automated services will be powered by artificial intelligence. Amenities in close proximity will mean residents see family and friends often through spontaneous encounters.

8 Key Facts You Should Know About The Line: 170km-length:

  1. The project is to cover a 170 km area and features multiple, interconnected communities with natural and pedestrian-friendly spaces. The Line is located as a link between the Red Sea coast and northwest Saudi Arabia and built a footprint of 34 square kilometers.

  2. Over 1 million residents by 2030; The Line will be home to more than one million people from around the world and will be a center for innovation and business that addresses global issues such as climate change, urban sprawl, traffic congestion, and social isolation.

  3. A 5-minute walk from every point of The Line: The mixed-use communities are designed to be livable and healthy, with all amenities within a 5-minute walk. It features invisible infrastructure with sustainable smart technology for utilities and transportation, creating an efficient and low-cost business hub that will attract major companies.

  4. 380,000+ jobs created by 2030; The Line aims to create 380,000 jobs and contribute SAR 180 billion (approx. $50 billion) Saudi Arabian riyals to the domestic GDP by 2030. All of NEOM’s ongoing projects are of great importance to Saudi Arabia’s economy.

  5. Car-free: Communities will be built around people rather than cars, resulting in a people-friendly, human-scale urban environment for all to enjoy. AI-enabled communities will learn and predict ways to make life easier for residents and businesses, saving time. Although the project is offered as car-free, NEOM announced that it is working on a strong public transportation project to ensure this.

  6. Powered by renewable energy: All energy in NEOM will be 100% renewable, sourced from solar, wind, and hydrogen-powered power plants, ensuring clean and pollution-free urban environments.

  7. Cognitive Communities: Predictive communities exist. They are linked by an intelligent connected system in which 90% of data collected is used and analyzed, and there is no digital divide due to low latency connectivity. AI-powered communities will take urban development to a new level by continuously learning and developing, providing residents and businesses with ever-improving services.

  8. Environment & Sustainability: 95% of NEOM’s land will be preserved to improve the livability of residents and to protect the environment. The Line is surrounded by natural open spaces, restoring humanity’s relationship with nature.


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