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Saudi Arabia wants to build a city from a 170-kilometer-long skyscraper

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The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has presented a bizarre construction project. Two skyscrapers built parallel to each other would have to stretch 170 kilometers through desert terrain to form a new city called Neom.

The building, called ‘The Line’, is to be 170 kilometers long, 500 meters high and 200 meters wide. By 2030, Neom could already be home to 1.2 million inhabitants, Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, said in a presentation. By 2045, no fewer than 9 million people should be able to live there. Schools, city parks, shops and other facilities are built on top of each other in ‘The Line’. The city will also be completely car-free and there will be a high-speed train that can take you from one side of the city to the other in 20 minutes.

Neom must run 100 percent on renewable energy and would therefore fit in with Saudi Arabia’s ambition to be completely emission-free by 2060. All energy must be generated in a climate-neutral way, for example through solar panels or hydrogen burning, to prepare the country for an oil-free era.

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