Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad-Bin-Salman stressed building a well-defined NEOM’s zero-carbon city vertically aligned with layered houses, parks, schools, and offices within a specified zone stretching over 170 km (150 miles) to expand and strengthen its economy.
While addressing his state media, the crown prince mentioned his plans on building this 170-km long smart city that would be nearly 200 metres wide, elevated 1640 feet above sea level, and would run on 100 per cent renewable resources.
The vertical-layered communities will give tough competition to the traditionally-and horizontally-built flats, which would widely be termed as “The Line ”. The environment would be free from all kinds of distractions- roads, cars and emissions, as it would rely solely upon a 100 per cent sustainable transport system.
The $500-billion project was initially announced in the month of January in the year 2021 with an aim to diversify the economy of the world’s largest exporter of oil and natural gas. At present, Saudi Arabia is chiefly dependent on oil exports. Around 87 per cent of the total exports are based on oil, according to the reports shared by the state media.
The Line will also have the presence of a spectacular high-speed railway network for end-to-end transit with the availability of trains within 20 minutes, terminating the chances of any personal polluting vehicles that could prove harmful to the environment.
According to the official records, the city based on zero-carbon emissions and clean air will bestow in-house convenience to nearly one million people. Besides, it will produce over 380,000 novel jobs in accordance with the country’s Vision 2030 (a strategic agenda to minimise the dependency of Saudi Arabia on oil and gas by diversifying its economy along.
In coming years, The Line will be considered one of the most advanced smart cities in the world, known for its best-advanced engineering and architectural designs.