NEOM reveals when phase one of ‘The Line’ will be complete

  • We’ve seen various progress shots of NEOM The Line
  • But we now finally have a date for the completion of the Saudi Arabia giga-project
  • It’s “progressing rapidly” according to those in the know

Published on Mar 01, 2024 at 5:31 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Mar 01, 2024 at 6:21 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Adam Gray

While NEOM The Line in Saudi Arabia has us all excited from the get-go, we are finally able to put a timeline on the stunning giga-project.

And the “civilization revolution” isn’t as far from completion as you might think.

According to a video released by NEOM itself, the mega-project is “progressing rapidly”.

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“Phase one will complete in 2030”, said Denis Hickey, chief development officer of The Line at NEOM.

And the stunning first-look progress pictures in the video above give you an idea of just how rapidly progress is being made.

Hickey also spoke about how Saudi Arabia is committed to hit ambitious development targets.

In fact, millions of cubic meters of earth and water are being moved every week for the behemoth.

“We’ve done a lot of the foundation work, literally and figuratively,” he said.

“We are ready to go.”

While we’ve previously seen aerial shots and satellite fly-bys, these impressive shots really prove Hickey’s point.

“I think the construction of The Line is unique in terms of its industrialisation and its modulised approach,” he adds.

The video assures us that “one of the most ambitious projects the world has ever seen” and the “biggest earthworks operation” is “progressing rapidly”.

In fact, tools are hardly downed as “work continues around the clock”.

We’ve also seen drone images of ‘Sindalah’ and ‘Oxagon’ joining ‘The Line’ in Saudi Arabia.

Denis spoke further about the energy behind the giga-project.

“The energy within Saudi Arabia at the moment is incredible,” he began.

“I think the plan that is laid out in the 2030 vision statement by his Royal Highness is really clear and I think it has galvanised everybody within the Kingdom and I think NEOM is the pinnacle of an example of that change and it is really exciting to be a part of that.”

The video narrator then speaks about the intentions to make a city “that will set new benchmarks for quality of life”.

Aims are for “a sustainable city with zero emissions that tackles the big urban challenges faced by the world”. 

Hickey also spoke on the “unrivalled quality of life”.

“We think there’s an opportunity to create a better model for a city to interact with the landscape and nature and the environment and we think The Line is going to be an example to the rest of the world,” he said.

The Line is a $500 billion futuristic city set to become home to nine million residents.

The Line will be 170km long and 500m high, with a footprint of just 34sq km, and residents will have access to all daily essentials within a five-minute walk.

To get around there will be a high-speed rail to get from end to end in 20 minutes.

Plus groundbreaking technology means it will also have perfect weather every day.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.