Saudi Arabia's Zero-Carbon City Blueprint Shows No Roads, No Cars

The futuristic city, The Line, will house 1 million residents and span 105 miles.
Fabienne Lang
The LineNEOM/YouTube

Every daily need will be within a five-minute walk from your front door. This is just one of the promises The Line city will offer to its one million residents. 

Announced on Sunday, The Line is NEOM's first and revolutionary zero-carbon city. The blueprint of the futuristic city pushes advancements in clean and green urban living to new limits. 

The project hopes to harmonize how people and the planet co-exist. 


NEOM, a futuristic business zone based in Saudi Arabia, was first announced in 2017 and aims to diversify the country's economic dependency on oil. 

Its first major project is The Line, a city that is "a 170km [105 miles] belt of hyper-connected future communities, without cars and roads and built around nature, is a direct response to some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity today such as legacy infrastructure, pollution, traffic, and human congestion."

It'll be able to house a million residents, be 100% powered by clean energy, will provide 380,000 jobs of the future, and bring about $48 billion to domestic GDP by 2030. 

The country's crown prince stated that "We need to transform the concept of a conventional city into that of a futuristic one."

The Line aims to move away from conventional city structures with roads, congestion, and pollution, to instead have "zero cars, zero streets, and zero carbon emissions."

In order to move around, the city's residents will use ultra-high-speed transit and autonomous mobility solutions based underground. No journey along the 105 mile (170 km)-long city will require more than 20 minutes

The Line's communities will use Artificial Intelligence so as to continue making life easier and faster.

NEOM's press release stated that construction would begin in the first quarter of 2021, with no details of when it'll be completed — but it certainly sounds like it'll be a fascinating project to construct, as well as potentially live in. 

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