Building of the century. In Saudi Arabia began to erect a grandiose vertical skyscraper “Line”
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The project is worth £440 billion and is scheduled to be completed in 2030.
Work has begun on a 120 km metropolis in Saudi Arabia. Footage from The Line: Drone shows excavators digging the foundation for a £440bn project. This is reported by the Daily Mail.
The clip was released by Ot Sky, an aerial photography company, and shows diggers at a training ground in Saudi Arabia.
The site is 120 km long and is being built as part of the development of Neom, a vast desert complex.
Neom will also have an artificial ski resort and an octagonal port city, as well as elevators and robots.
The project was launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and will be part of the sprawling Neom Desert Complex, which also promises to build an artificial ski resort, an octagonal floating port city, flying elevators, robots and artificial intelligence that will serve the grand new complex. Also in the vertical skyscraper “Line” (The Line) there will be a port for ocean liners.
There are plans to create an underground transportation system under the entire desert city.
A metropolis that can accommodate up to nine million people was announced earlier this year. Critics weren't convinced by the massive presentation and doubted construction would even begin, but workers are already working on the foundation.
The massive project is expected to be completed by 2030.
Tarek Kaddoumi, Neom's executive director of urban planning, said The Line intends to “revolutionarily change the way we live today.”
Design plans for a vertical mirror skyscraper show that an artificial river will flow in it, and the walls will be decorated with vertical gardens and parks. Electricity will be generated from renewable energy sources.
Ibn Salman said he wanted his country to have a building project as iconic and timeless as the Egyptian pyramids.
“Line is a project that represents a civilizational a revolution that puts man first,” he said.
But the “Line”, which will consist of two buildings almost half a kilometer high, will run parallel to each other through 120 kilometers of desert, mountains and coast .
Salman also hopes that the Neom project as a whole will create thousands of new jobs and allow the oil-rich country to stop being so dependent on resources to generate wealth.
However, foreign investment in Neom is not in sight as many Western countries continue to boycott the country due to human rights violations. Salman is accused of ordering the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, but the crown prince denies any involvement.
The project is also criticized by environmental planners. They believe that the sheer size and length of the “Mirror Line” will disrupt the routes of migratory birds.