The future has already begun in Saudi Arabia. The Line, a self-contained megacity planned to measure 1,600 feet tall, 650 feet wide, and 105 miles long, is purportedly under development there as part of a project called NEOM.
Gizmodo reports that drone footage taken by the Saudi Arabian company Ot Sky and uploaded to YouTube by the architecture news site Dezeen reveals that work on The Line has started in the Saudi Arabian desert near Tabuk. The first minute of the one-minute-long film, titled “The Line Project: New Wonders For The World,” features a swarm of construction vehicles and employees in the desert as triumphant orchestral music plays. The Line is a component of the larger NEOM program, which aims to build three futuristic “regions” in Saudi Arabia, according to CNBC. In addition to The Line, which has the potential to accommodate nine million people, it also has plans for a “mountain-air” hideaway named Trojena that will provide skiing, bicycling, water sports, and other activities, as well as a floating industrial complex called Oxagon. On its website, the company states: “NEOM is a vision of what a new future can look like. To put it simply, NEOM will be a destination, a home for individuals who dream big and want to contribute to creating a new model for sustainable living, working, and flourishing.”