The Line, Saudi Arabia
|Announced||10 January 2021|
|Founded by||Mohammad bin Salman|
|Seat||House of Saud|
|• Director||Nadhmi Al-Nasr|
|Time zone||UTC+03 (Arabian Standard Time)|
The Line (Arabic: ذا لاين) is a proposed smart city in Saudi Arabia in Neom, Tabuk that will have no cars, no streets, and no carbon emissions. The city is part of Saudi Vision 2030 project, which Saudi Arabia claims will create 380,000 jobs and add $48 billion to the country's GDP. The Line will be the first development in Neom, a planned $500 billion city.
The city was unveiled on January 10, 2021 by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a presentation that was broadcast on state television, and construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2021.[needs update] When completed, The Line will be 170 kilometres (110 mi) across, will preserve 95% of the nature within Neom, and is planned to have 1 million residents. The city would be divided into nodes. All daily service would be reachable within a 5-minute walk. The city will also be powered entirely by renewable energy. The Line will consist of three layers, including one on the surface for pedestrians, one underground for infrastructure, and another underground for transportation. The transportation layer will include a very fast rail system, which would allow people to go from one of side of the city to the other side in 20 minutes, reaching a speed of 512 km/h, faster than existing high-speed rail at the time of announcement. Artificial intelligence will monitor the city and use predictive and data models to figure out ways to improve daily life for citizens in The Line.
Estimated building cost is US$100–200 billion (400–700 billion SAR). It is claimed by the Saudi government that it will create 380,000 jobs, spur economic diversification, and contribute 180 billion SAR (US$48 billion) to domestic GDP by 2030. The climate in the region is cooler and wetter than the rest of the country.
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