The Line, a smart linear city that will be built vertically, have no roads or cars and run entirely on renewable energy, was announced by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2021. The government of Saudi Arabia has now released image representations of what The Line might look like when completed. The city would only be 200 meters (656 feet) wide, but 500 meters (1,640 feet) high and 170 kilometers (105 miles) long. It will contain numerous settlements encased in a glass wall along the coast and may eventually accommodate up to 9 million people.
The Line's creators see a city in which facilities are accessible within a five-minute walk of everyone and where people may encounter each other while going about their daily business. While it will not contain roads or be able to accommodate automobiles, it will feature a high-speed rail that connects end-to-end and takes 20 minutes for end-to-end transit. It will also make use of an natural ventilation system to guarantee that residents have the best possible climate all year.
The Line is one of Saudi Arabia's $500 billion Neom mega-city plans, which is being built in the Tabuk Province. It's a contentious project that has been plagued by controversy since it began because around 20,000 people will be relocated as a result of its construction. The Huwaitat indigenous tribe, who can trace their ancestry back to before Saudi was founded, lives in and around Wadi al-Rummah.
According to Al Jazeera, a prominent Huwaitat activist was arrested and imprisoned in 2020 as a result of the tribe's refusal to relocate. Another Huwaitat activist also informed the news source that year that at least 15 additional members of the tribe had been abducted and detained. Two of them were kidnapped after expressing their dissatisfaction with the Saudi government on social media. In addition, expatriates hired to work on the project slammed its management for making unreasonable demands while simultaneously ignoring prejudice.
Riot Games was compelled to swiftly reverse its decision to enter a sponsorship deal with Neom after the controversies surrounding the megacity project sparked concerns. Until fans' opposition forced Riot Games to terminate the agreement just 24 hours later, Neom was supposed to be a key partner for Riot's European LEC esports championship two years ago.
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