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Are Sci-Fi Cities Becoming Real?

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

The surreal cities that we have seen in movies until today will no longer be only on cinema stages. The #NEOM project, planned to be completed by 2030, shows us that the future is nearer than we think.

Vertical cities, horizontal skyscrapers, floating industrial sites. Should we be afraid? Not if things go as planned.

Would you like to live in a compressed city? Everything happens in 170 km, and you can go from one end of the town to the other in just 20 minutes. And without a car. Oh, except the ones that fly.

Imagine your city made vertical and packed into 170 km. The name of this city is The Line. The NEOM project, which started being built in the Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia, was the dream of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and it seems that he will realize it by 2030. Investments have already started for The Line, a smart city the size of Belgium where there are no streets and cars, zero carbon emissions, and no fossil fuels will be used. The town, which is predicted to be home to the world's largest companies and technology giants, promises an oasis in the desert. It is planned to be located northwest of the country, near the Red Sea and Saudi Arabia's borders with Egypt and Jordan.

You will see a 170 km long mirror when the city is completed. Yes, you heard right. Crazy designers promise you a mirror city. It makes one hope that by rebelling against all the cities of the world that are designed horizontally. Maybe finally, we will leave the world and nature alone. It will be the beginning of the earth to relax a little bit by withdrawing humans from the environment or removing the chemical factory wastes and plastics. The prince has already announced the city's motto; “The plan for the future, where people move forward without compromising the health of the world.” A town with 100% clean energy, transformable and sustainable.

At The Line, project managers say flying cars, robotic dinosaurs, glowing beaches at night, genetic engineering projects, and a new Silicon Valley await. The money to be spent on NEOM is 500 billion dollars.

What Else?

Mirror city is not the only thing in NEOM. There's also Oxagon. Oxagon, which will be built on the shore of the Red Sea, is a floating industrial center. The technology area, which will be 40 km in size, will be the largest in the world. It will host giant technology companies and green energy production. "Oxagon will be the catalyst for economic growth and diversity in NEOM and the Kingdom, further meeting our ambitions under Vision 2030," said Prince Salman. “It will contribute to Saudi Arabia's regional trade and commerce and support creating a new focal point for global trade flows. I am pleased to see that business and development have started on the ground, and we look forward to the city's rapid expansion."

Desert Ski Resort

While NEOM offers us to save nature, it looks like it will offer some of life's sometimes impossible funs too. The first ski resort in the Arabian #Desert is also within the project's scope.

What do you think? Can we now slowly see what future cities will be like?

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