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Doubts about sustainability: insight into ‘The Line’

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Doubts about sustainability: insight into ‘The Line’

Several megacities are to be built in Saudi Arabia under the project name NEOM. The Line is probably the best known of the planned cities. Now there are the first recordings.

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Back in 2017, Saudi Arabia announced a settlement project called NEOM. As part of this project, “The Line” was presented about three years ago. A mega-city that will one day be home to up to 9 million people. The project attracted a lot of attention at the time, and some questioned whether it was even real.

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Doubts about sustainability

The Line is one of many projects that Saudi Arabia would like to implement in the next years and decades. The Line is a 170 kilometer long and 500 meter high city in which all important institutions such as work, schools, shopping and much more. should be accessible within a few minutes. In addition, it should only take around 20 minutes to get from one end to the other thanks to the mega city’s well-established infrastructure and transport options. Above all, that means: no cars. In theory, The Line should exist in a completely carbon-free manner, which would make the city a sustainable solution. However, whether this can be implemented in this way remains questionable.

In the recently published material, in addition to the example material of the mega city, there are also real photos of the construction site. Aerial photos show that work is actually being done on the basic structure of the project. According to those responsible, work is carried out here around the clock, seven days a week. Millions of cubic meters of sand and water have already been excavated and relocated. Although the first construction phase is scheduled to be completed by 2030, it remains unclear what exactly that entails.

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