"The Line": New Images Show the Incredible Evolution of the $2 Trillion Mega-Project Taking Shape in Saudi Arabia

"The Line": New Images Show the Incredible Evolution of the $2 Trillion Mega-Project Taking Shape in Saudi Arabia

The first images of the futuristic $2 trillion city being built in Saudi Arabia have been released, offering a glimpse at the ambitious project known simply as "The Line."

"The Line" is part of the larger Neom project, launched by Saudia Arabia, that aims to create a futuristic and sustainable city-state that spans across the northwestern region of the country (with an area of 26,500  km²). "The Line" is a specific urban development within Neom - a 170-kilometer-long city that will stretch across the desert in a straight line. It has an ambitious estimated opening date of 2030, and these recent images provide updates on this endeavor.

Neom aims to be a beacon of sustainable development and technological advancement, diversifying the kingdom's economy away from its current dependence on oil, whilst pioneering cutting-edge technology for urban living. This futuristic development supposedly has a focus on renewable energy and seeks to become a blueprint for the cities of tomorrow. 

One of the highlights of this project is Neom's private marina with its levitating structures and secluded beaches. It is designed to be a haven for "The Line" residents are their super yachts (so you have an idea of the type of resident the city aims to attract). Neom aims to establish a cutting-edge city that integrates sustainability, technology, and luxury living on a massive scale.

© Neom

The initial target is to house 1.5 million inhabitants within its boundaries by 2030. Aerial glimpses reveal ethereal buildings seemingly suspended over the waters, although critics voice concerns about potential ecological ramifications, particularly regarding local bird populations.

The project's construction and operation could disrupt ecosystems, strain resources, contribute to climate change, and threaten local biodiversity and cultural sites. Addressing these concerns is crucial to ensuring the project's sustainability and minimizing its negative effects on the environment and surrounding communities.

Moreover, since the beginning of this ambitious project, experts have questioned the human rights issues involved. The local Howeitat tribe protested against the forced removal of their homes to make way for "The Line," while expatriate workers reported abusive working conditions.

While the first 2.5km long phase of the linear city aims to be completed by 2030, much of the project remains shrouded in secrecy, with speculation about its final cost, which could reach $2 trillion (€1.8 trillion) if all stages are completed as planned. It could be decades before the entire Neon project is finished.