Neom is known as Saudi’s upcoming smart-city of innovation and zero pollution
Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman just announced The Line – a breathtaking 170 km-long vertical city at NEOM.
It’s amazing! pic.twitter.com/uJEtRemi34
— abandraite 🇮🇳 (@abandraite) August 3, 2022
Part of the Vision 2030 projects, the Crown Prince recently announced Neom’s vertical city known as ‘The Line.’ This city isn’t your normal concrete jungle of just buildings and villas, but is actually going to be vertical! The city will house different commercial, residential, and community buildings that will sit atop each other vertically. The Line will run on 100% renewable energy, and will preserve 95% of the area for nature. It aims to accomodate around 9 MILLION people and will extend to measure around 170 kilometers long.
Some people are absolutely shocked as to how this is going to happen
It never ceases to amaze me just how insane Neom/The Line is. Absolutely mad stuff https://t.co/c9LxicunPn
— Alex (@gamesbizuk) August 3, 2022
While others are actually concerned about the animals and ecosystem within this vertical city
How do animals get from one side of the line to the other. Birds will fly into the wall & kill themselves. The mirror must be coloured so it is visible to birds who will need to see it. What research has been done on insect life? I know it’s a desert but there is other life there
— Broch Alexander MacLeod (@MacleodBroch) August 3, 2022
People are also criticizing the project to prompt those who can afford living there to ‘close off’ from the outside polluted world
Looks like they gonna build a giant wall against climate refugees and sell its inner room to wealthy people who’s lifestyle contribute to the climate crisis #THELINE #Saudi #Madness #Investment #apocalypse
— World of Wahlkampf (@wildwelle) August 3, 2022
Some are also concerned about how the project will use a huge bulk of materials for the the mirrored structure and soon confuse the wildlife surrounding the area
It’s an ambitious project…. two things spring to mind though.
1. The amount of material needed here is astronomical… where will it all come from?
2. A 170km long, 500m high mirrored wall will have a massive impact on wildlife, won’t it?#TheLine
— Sam Vimes (@SamVimes6) July 28, 2022
The Financial Times also believes this project to be more of a ‘dystopia’ than an actual city
However despite common skepticism, some still have faith this project will be an ultimate success and blow everyone’s mind once completed
The $500 billion Neom project in Saudi Arabia will be famous for yet another architectural masterpiece, a 121-kilometer scraper called The Mirror Line. pic.twitter.com/K0Lq5isrTG
— Spriteer (@spriteer_774400) July 26, 2022
Many people around the world are also excited for this unique project and are looking to invest
— ReNewAble Abdullah (@ReNewAbdul) July 25, 2022
The Line in NEOM is a global shift of which the world has not seen 🇸🇦🤩🤩 pic.twitter.com/ilgxaZKqIs
— My Beautiful Saudi (@MybeautifulKSA) August 1, 2022