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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday launched "The Line" city within the NEOM project, Saudi Press Agency said.

The futuristic city “The Line” is expected to be a model for what urban communities will look like in the future, and a scheme that ensures a balance to live with nature.

A 170km belt of hyper-connected future communities, the sustainable city will be built around nature, without cars and roads.

"The Line" city will include cognitive, interconnected communities enhanced with artificial intelligence over a span of 170 km within an environment without noise or pollution, free of vehicles and congestion.

The Line is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 to diversify economy by providing 380,000 jobs and further contribute to adding SR180 billion ($48 billion US) to the Kingdom’s GDP by 2030.

The Line will be a million-million city with a length of 170 km that preserves 95 per cent of the nature in the NEOM lands, zero cars, zero streets, and zero Carbon emissions, Crown Prince said when unveiling the project.

"The Line" city will re-evaluate the concept of urban development through the development of communities in which the human being is its main pillar.

It aims to enhance the quality of life and ensures access to all essential facilities like healthcare centres, schools, and other amenities. Entertainment, plus green spaces within a 5-minute walk, and high-speed transportation solutions will make commuting easier.

"The Line" communities will be managed entirely by relying on artificial intelligence techniques to facilitate communication with humans in a way that enables them to anticipate and interact with unprecedented capabilities, thus saving residents and companies' time.