Saudi Arabia plans to build 75-mile-long mirrored skyscrapers
Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for a $1 trillion, 75 mile long skyscraper made of mirrored glass that will stretch across its desert and stand taller than the Empire State Building.
The Mirror Line will be a part of the desert city called the Neom – that will be around the size of Massachusetts – which Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced in January 2021.
He did so after saying 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.
The Mirror Line will consist of two 1,600 feet tall buildings that run parallel to each other across 75 miles of desert, coastal, and mountain landscapes.
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. It will also reportedly be powered by renewable energy.