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Offbeat: Neom Project in Saudi Arabia: Beginning of the work of the futuristic city The Line

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The works for the construction of the futuristic megapol began in Saudi Arabia. The first stone of the futuristic city project The Line was laid in Saudi Arabia. Projet NEOM en Arabie Saoudite : Début des travaux de la ville futuriste The Line © supplied by Zinfos Project Neom in Saudi Arabia: Beginning of the work of the futuristic city The Line

The construction of the ultra-connected dystopian city supported by the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmane has started in the middle of the desert in Neom , in the northwest of the country. The first foundations of the city were revealed in air shots published on October 22 by a Saudi company showing workers and trucks busy on the site.

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imagined in the 2010s and presented this summer, this project of several hundred billions of dollars aims to bring out an ecological city without road or cars 170 kilometers long housing 9 million residents on an area of ​​30 square kilometers , only on the edge of the Red Sea. The city would have the distinction of being built in a straight line and resting on two huge parallel skyscrapers 500 meters high. It looked like a giant mirror from the outside in order to integrate perfectly into the environment.

In this pharaonic urban planning plan, we find residents who will have access to "all their daily needs" in five minutes on foot, as well as other facilities such as outdoor ski slopes and "a train to High speed with a journey from start to finish (city) of 20 minutes ", according to its promoters who aim at an inauguration in 2030.

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the cost? Evaluated to 1,200 billion Saudi Riyals (about $ 319 billion), just for the first phase which extends until 2030, according to its promoters. Other forecasts assess the project to more than one dollars Billion (1,000 billion).

If on the one hand, the project already arouses multiple criticisms for its impact on the ecosystem and local populations, its environmental imprint and the societal issues that could result from it. Death sentences have already been pronounced by Saudi courts against opponents of the project refusing to be expropriated from their home, on the other hand, the first stage of the plan must in particular allow the country to host the Asian Games winter in 2029.

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