Saudi Arabia Unveils ‘The Line’: The Green Carless City

SourceAl Bawaba
CountrySaudi Arabia

His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Chairman of the Neom Company Board of Directors, announced The Line, a 170km belt of hyper-connected future communities, without cars and roads and built around nature. It is a direct response to some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity today such as legacy infrastructure, pollution, traffic, and human congestion, said a statement. A cornerstone of Saudi Vision 2030 and an economic engine for the kingdom, it will drive diversification and aims to contribute 380,000 jobs of the future and SR180 billion ($48 billion) to domestic GDP by 2030.   His Royal Highness said: "Throughout history, cities were built to protect their citizens. After the Industrial Revolution, cities prioritised machines, cars and factories over people. In cities that are viewed as the world's most advanced, people spend years of their lives commuting.

By 2050, commute durations will double. By 2050, one billion people will have to relocate due to rising CO2 emissions and sea levels. 90% of people breathe polluted air. Why should we sacrifice nature for the sake of development? Why should seven million people die every year because of pollution? Why should we lose one million people every year due to traffic more...