According to experts, the$1 trillion,75-mile-long tower skyscraper for Saudi Arabia is a horrible idea. Even though it is being marketed as the "city of the future," many experts are concerned that the newly built megacity in Saudi Arabia will not be beneficial to its citizens.
NEOM is an ambitious project that is currently being constructed in the Middle East. If successful, it will result in a pair of towers that are 75 miles long (120 kilometers) and reach across the desert.
In recent updates, the groundbreaking NEOM project in Saudi Arabia has officially kicked off. This visionary megacity project encompasses a vast desert expanse stretching over 75 miles and is set to showcase a pair of iconic towers.
NEOM, a portmanteau of the Ancient Greek prefix "Neo," signifying "new," and the initial letter "M," symbolizing both the Arabic word for "future" and the first letter of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, embodies innovation. This ambitious initiative, dubbed 'The Line,' was spearheaded by Crown Prince Salman in the preceding year.
In a futuristic vision, this concept evokes the wonder of science fiction literature. Picture two towering skyscrapers, each mirroring the other, stretching across vast desert landscapes, crafting a magnificent corridor soaring 500 meters high and merely 200 meters wide.
This visionary concept embraces sustainability, envisioning an urban paradise capable of hosting approximately nine million residents. The proposed construction promises a wide array of urban amenities and services, including an integrated railway system connecting both ends of this remarkable corridor.
As highlighted in the promotional video, this groundbreaking project assures that inhabitants will enjoy unparalleled convenience, with all daily essentials accessible within walkable neighborhoods in just 5 minutes.
Saudi Arabia envisions a significant role for artificial intelligence (AI) in 'The Line,' a car-free, carbon-neutral megacity boasting its own regulated microclimate. Construction on this monumental project began earlier this year in the Tabuk province of northwestern Saudi Arabia, with an estimated cost of $1 trillion.
Despite projections suggesting a 50-year timeline for completion, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has set an ambitious goal to finish 'The Line' by 2030. When NEOM, as the project was unveiled in July 2022, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman emphasized its potential to address the global environmental crisis.
We cannot ignore the livability and environmental crises facing our world’s cities, and NEOM is at the forefront of delivering new and imaginative solutions to address these issues. NEOM is leading a team of the brightest minds in architecture, engineering and construction to make the idea of building upwards a reality.- Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
He also added:
The city’s vertically layered communities will challenge the traditional flat, horizontal cities. The designs of The Line embody how urban communities will be in the future in an environment free from roads, cars and emissions.- Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
Prince Mohammed saw NEOM as a crucial component of his strategy to diversify Saudi Arabia's economy and transform its conservative society, reducing its dependence on oil. Nevertheless, scholars have elucidated the reasons why The Line is seen as an unfavorable proposition, as expounded in an essay disseminated on Nature.com.
Scholars have posited that despite the proximity of amenities, there are concerns over the potential challenges faced by inhabitants in accessing educational institutions, employment opportunities, and maintaining social connections with their loved ones, who are anticipated to be dispersed around the megacity.
If the occupants of NEOM are uniformly dispersed, it is said that the average distance between two individuals selected at random would be 35 miles, as a result of the structural design. If the two individuals were located in Johannesburg, their distance from each other would be 20 miles.