New aerial pictures show the staggering scale of the construction site in Saudi Arabia for the futuristic $1trillion city The Line.
The new images reveal a vast chasm that was carved through the mountains in preparation for the 75-mile-long horizontal skyscraper mega-project.
The Line, launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will be part of the vast desert complex of Neom, which will also feature an artificial ski resort, an octagonal floating port city, a swimming lane for commuters and robots and AI to serve its future residents.
Giles Pendleton, COO of The Line, posted the aerial pictures ‘to answer the naysayers’ after previously showing insights from the massive construction site to prove ‘Neom is real’.
Analysts noted previously that plans for NEOM have changed course over the years, fuelling doubts about whether The Line will ever become reality.
Some images show straight lines stretching over several miles where The Line is supposed to be built, which will consist of two 1,600 feet tall buildings that run parallel to each other across 75 miles of desert, coastal, and mountain landscapes.
On others huge piles of sand can be seen everywhere, which the COO said were piled up to make space for the planned ‘Hidden Marina’. Mr Pendleton added that over 100 million cubic metres of sand have already been moved.
Previous planning images revealed the plans for the futuristic interior inside Saudi Arabia’s proposed 75-mile mirror-encased skyscraper city.
Design plans for The Line showed the sci-fi inspired interiors, with angular glass structures contorting in different shapes over an artificial river.
Trees climb up over the futuristic designs which are supposed to be fully powered by renewable energy in the sprawling tropical metropolis that looks like it could serve as a Star Wars set.
Bin Salman said he wanted his country to house a construction project as iconic and timeless as the Pyramids of Egypt.
‘The Line is a project that is a civilizational revolution that puts humans first,’ he said at the time.
Prince MBS has claimed he wants the Mirror Line to be ready by 2030, although engineers have said it could take 50 years to construct.
The building is so long that it will sit on struts to take the curvature of the Earth into account, and will also have a high speed train line running underneath its length.
If fully completed, the skyscraper will run from the Gulf of Aqaba, through a mountain range, and then extend along the coast into a desert ‘aerotropolis,’ the Wall Street Journal reported.
Salman also said that the project aimed to allow a million residents to meet within a five-minute walk and to travel end-to-end within a 20-minute stretch.
The futuristic buildings feature a silver shine and an intricate inside, with stairwells and greenery and homes to create a linear community. It will also feature a marina for boats underneath the arch of the buildings.
The community of millions will also be fed through vertical farming that will be integrated into the walls of the shiny buildings and residents will reportedly pay a subscription for three meals a day.