Drone gives first glimpse at Saudia Arabia’s $1trillion ‘The Line’ megacity

New drone footage has revealed Saudi Arabia has began constructing its futuristic linear desert mega-city.

"The Line" is a long theorised – but never actualised – idea that a city could be built in a line that is connected between other cities.

Footage was gathered by photography company Ot Sky and published by Dezeen, an architecture magazine.

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"The Line" city's executive director for urban planning Tarek Qaddumi said previously: "Irrespective of its physical stature, it will end up demonstrating that the world has the human capacity, the technology and the commitment to revolutionize our current way of life."

The video shows heavy machinery operating in the scorching desert.

And it appears they are clearing a giant line through the earth.

The oil rich nation is no stranger to massive ground-breaking (some would say vanity) projects involving massive construction, such as the King Salman Park, a park being built in the capital Riyad which will be seven times the size of Hyde Park when completed.

It is thought that de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has earmarked $500 billion not just for this project but for "NEOM", the umbrella plan for a vast network of futuristic "smart" cities.

The project is planned to be totally powered by renewable energy sources, but many analysts are highly skeptical of whether this can be achieved.

The idea of linear cities has been around for a while, with most having been shelved.

Saudi Arabia believes this time is different, however.

"The Line" is planned to be 105 miles long, and "AI-powered" with giant mirrored walls that running along the entire length.

Philip Oldfield, head of the built environment school at the University of New South Wales Sydney poured cold water on the idea: "Utopian thinking is important; it helps us challenge the preconceptions in the built environment that have generated conventional outcomes which we know contribute to environmental degradation.

"But I think the sustainability and liveability arguments here are naïve."

Saudi officials though will likely be undeterred, and have already brutally dealt with anyone standing in their way of the project, having sentenced to death three indigenous men who refused to leave their homes which lay on the land outlined for construction.

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