Saudi Arabia launches car-free, road-less city plan

“The Line” will be a zero-emission futuristic city in harmony with nature

10:41 PM | 11 Jan, 2021
Saudi Arabia launches car-free, road-less city plan

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has launched “The Line” city within the NEOM project, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

The futuristic city will be a model for how urban communities should be in future. With a balance between life and nature, the sustainable city will be built around greenery and will be without cars or roads.

“We need to transform the concept of a conventional city into that of a futuristic one,” said MBS in his televised launch of the plan.

Construction on The Line is set to start within the first quarter of this year. It will be the first major step in developing the Saudi futuristic NEOM business zone. A 170km belt of hyper-connected future communities, The Line city will include cognitive, interconnected communities enhanced with artificial intelligence within an environment without noise or pollution, free of vehicles and congestion.

The eco-city with “zero cars, zero streets and zero carbon emissions” will have the capacity to house one million residents, and will have facilities like schools, health centres and green spaces.

The Line is in line with Saudi Vision 2030 to diversify economy by providing 380,000 jobs and further contribute to adding SR180 billion ($48 billion US) to the Kingdom’s GDP by 2030.

NEOM is a flagship $500 billion project in north-western Saudi Arabia, which will be built from scratch on a 26,500-square-kilometre area and link Jordan and Egypt via Saudi territory.

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