An ambitious plan has been unveiled in Saudi Arabia. There will be built a city without streets and in which cars will not have access. They won’t have a place to drive anyway.
It is the plan presented in a televised speech by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the future city is called Neom. It is described as “a laboratory of innovation, a sustainable ecosystem, a model for the future.”
The development of the future urban settlement will start in the first part of this year. It will be “a belt of ultra-connected communities, without cars and without streets, built around nature.” It will be a city built in a straight line, and the connection between the locations is made with the help of a high-speed transport system. Precisely for this reason, the project is called “The Line”.
The Saudi government, local and global investors will invest $ 500 billion to support the project. It is part of the Crown Prince’s strategy to lay the foundations of a diverse national economy, without relying exclusively on oil.
Mohammed bin Salman claims that a journey through this century will take more than 20 minutes. Also there will be one of the largest airports in the world.
What does Neom mean, the name of the city without cars?
The name of the future city is constructed from two different words. The first three letters represent the Greek word “neo”, which means “new”. The fourth letter is the first in the Arabic word “Mustagbal”, which means “future”.
The “new future” will cover an area of approximately 26,500 km2 and will include mountains, but also the coast. It is one of the few areas in Saudi Arabia where snow can appear.
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