The Line, Saudi Arabia

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The Line
ذا لاين
Location of The Line
The Line is located in Saudi Arabia
The Line
The Line
The Line in Saudi Arabia
Coordinates: 28°17′15″N 34°50′42″E / 28.28750°N 34.84500°E / 28.28750; 34.84500Coordinates: 28°17′15″N 34°50′42″E / 28.28750°N 34.84500°E / 28.28750; 34.84500
Country Saudi Arabia
Announced10 January 2021; 12 months ago (2021-01-10)
Founded byMohammad bin Salman
SeatHouse of Saud
 • DirectorNadhmi Al-Nasr[1]
Time zoneUTC+03 (Arabian Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

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.[2][3][4][5] 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.[2] The Line will be the first development in Neom, a planned $500 billion city.[6][7]


The city was unveiled on January 10, 2021 by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a presentation that was broadcast on state television,[3] and construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2021.[2][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.[3][4][8] The city would be divided into nodes. All daily service would be reachable within a 5-minute walk.[9] The city will also be powered entirely by renewable energy.[4] The Line will consist of three layers, including one on the surface for pedestrians, one underground for infrastructure, and another underground for transportation.[2] 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.[9] 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.[2]

Estimated building cost is US$100–200 billion (400–700 billion SAR).[8] 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.[citation needed] The climate in the region is cooler and wetter than the rest of the country.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ PROFILE: Who is Nadhmi al-Nasri, the new CEO of Saudi Arabia’s NEOM?,
  2. ^ a b c d e Summers, Nick (2021-01-11). "Saudi Arabia is planning a 100-mile line of car-free smart communities". Engadget. Archived from the original on 2021-01-12. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  3. ^ a b c "Top Global Oil Exporter Saudi Arabia Launches Car-free City". Barrons. 2021-01-10. Archived from the original on 2021-01-11. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  4. ^ a b c "What is The Line? All you need to know about Saudi Arabia's plan for a futuristic zero-carbon city". Free Press Journal. Archived from the original on 2021-01-11. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  5. ^ "An Accelerator of human progress". NEOM. Retrieved 2021-01-10.
  6. ^ Tangermann, Victor (2021-01-12). "Saudi Arabia Is Building a Zero-Carbon City in a 100-Mile Straight Line". Futurism. Archived from the original on 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  7. ^ McKay, Tom (2021-01-12). "Saudi Crown Prince Asks, Answers What if a City, But It's a 105-Mile Line". Microsoft News. Gizmodo. Archived from the original on 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  8. ^ a b Rashad, Aziz El Yaakoubi, Marwa (2021-01-10). "Saudi Crown Prince launches zero-carbon city in NEOM business zone". Reuters. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  9. ^ a b "The Line – Saudi Arabia's Controversial 170-Km-Long Linear City of the Future". 2021-04-15. Retrieved 2021-04-17.

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