Saudi Arabia Building 100-Miles Skyscraper that will House 9 Million People

Saudi Arabia has begun construction of its gigantic and controversial 100-mile skyscraper city, known as The Line. 

The oil-rich country says The Line is designed to accommodate not less than nine million people, CNBC reports.

The line is a two parallel skyscrapers some 1,640 feet high and 650 feet across. The whole city will run completely be powered by renewable energy, Saudi authorities say.

When completed, the skyscraper, which expected to cost half-trillion dollar will be the largest Skyscraper and of the greatest engineering constructions of modern-day 

Many experts have  criticized the projects, with architects calling it "dystopian" pipe dream, and some predicting it’s going to be a monumental failure. There are already some controversies shrouding the project. Watchdogs already reported human rights violations at the start of the construction.

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The Line is one of three mammoth projects — the overarching Neom development area will also include a mountainous travel destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts called Trojena, and a massive floating industrial complex called Oxagon.

The astronautical scale is reminiscent of other monumental construction projects, like Egypt's pyramids — that is, if completed.

Speaking on the development, Antoni Vibes, chief urban planning officer at Neom, told CBNBC: "I want to be clear about this — Neom is a complex, bold, and highly ambitious undertaking and is most certainly not an easy one to deliver.

He expressed optimism saying “we are making strong progress, and it’s exciting to see the vision come to life."

With Saudi Arabia having history of human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch is also warning that migrant workers, who will definitely work at the site of the project, will be completely be at the mercy of their employers, who have no regard to labour laws.

Reports say foreign architecture firm executives who work on the project are being offered million-dollar salaries.

Construction has only just begun, but given what's at stake, there's a chance Saudi Arabia's giga project won't end up being a monument to modern society — but a memorial, instead.

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