Watch: New drone footage by NEOM shows The Line under construction

The megacity is officially underway…

Just over one year since the concept first came to light, drone footage for NEOM’s The Line shows the breaking ground of the 170 kilometres-long vertical city project. The video, released by the Saudi Arabia-based OT Sky drone company and published on YouTube by Dezeen, shows multiple excavators digging a wide linear path in the middle of the desert.

Designed to enhance nature, the architectural marvel features a mirrored facade and narrow design to minimise the carbon footprint. Earlier this year, it was revealed that The Line will eventually accommodate nine million residents with no cars, roads, or carbon emissions. Located near the Tabuk region, The Line will be built on a mere footprint of 34 square kilometres and, unlike tall buildings, the concept layers public parks, pedestrian areas, schools, homes and places for work.

NEOM presented the concept in July as the future of living: “Presenting a 170 km vertical city that can be travelled end to end in 20 minutes. Giving residents a convenient lifestyle within 5-minute walk neighborhoods, and communities organized in three dimensions, THE LINE is the future of urban living.”

By prioritising nature over development, the city will contribute to preserving 95 per cent of NEOM’s land. Residents will have access to all facilities within a five-minute walk as well as a high-speed rail which will take them from one end to the other in just 20 minutes.

Other news in the region: Trojena recently won a bid to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games. Characterised by its high-mountain range, the ski resort and tourism destination is set for set for completion by 2026. Two hotels are set to open in Trojena: 25hours hotel and Morgans Originals hotel. The ski resorts will feature world-class restaurants, an in-house cinema, ski slope roof, and a rooftop bar overlooking the dramatic Trojena mountains.

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