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Last modified on 27th July 2022. Dubai Real Estate Blog
The NEOM project in Saudi Arabia will become home to the 121 km-long mirrored structure.
According to the Wall Street Journal documents, the project will be considered the world's largest structure, with a width of 121 kilometers and a height of up to 488 meters in the desert city of Neom.
Neom is a city with an excessive future envisioned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The project was named "mirror line" and expected to cost around $1 trillion.
Neom is considered one of the most ambitious Giga projects in the Kingdom, and it's a part of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030.
Prince Mohammed announced The Line's designs, which "put man first, provide an unprecedented urban living experience" while preserving nature.
"The idea of layering city functions vertically, giving people the possibility of moving seamlessly in three dimensions to access them, is a concept referred to as Zero Gravity Urbanism," Prince Mohammed said.
Once the project is finished, the mirror line will start from Aqaba Bay and divide a mountain range stretching along the coast. The Wall Street Journal said in a report that it would continue through a mountain resort and complex that would be home to the Saudi government as it passed through Aerotropolis in Saudi Arabia's desert plains.
The American company Morphosis Architects and nine other design agencies are working on the project. When finished, it will be connected to the lanes, and a high-speed train will operate under the structure.
The development will also include towns, smart cities, ports, project areas, research centers, sports and recreation venues, and tourist centers. It will extend over an area of 26,500 square kilometers and will include industrial and logistical zones, which are scheduled for completion in 2025.
NEOM's tourism chief said, "people are expected to start arriving in 2024. The region is expected to be home to millions by 2030".
One of the unique features of the mirror line is the eight-sided buildings, where it will have a mountain resort, a suspended sports complex and a yacht berth and vertical farming will be integrated into the building to feed the five million people it intends to house.
Prince Mohammed said the 170-kilometer coastal strip in northwest Saudi Arabia would be free of cars and streets, with zero carbon emissions.
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