The Future? Saudi Arabia’s Controversial Mega-City (THE LINE)

Henry Johnson LR
3 min readJan 26, 2023

It’s 2030, and THE FUTURE OF URBAN LIVING is upon us. The media flogged to this new city. And, out of nowhere, tourists are lured to “THE LINE,” and it’s a new craze of everyone’s dream destination. Years prior, what others thought would never be possible is now a reality; it’s now a reality for the Saudis. Their dreams have now created hope for more cities of the future.

Imagine for a second, and everything about this future reminds you of movies you’ve once seen that start with a mega company introducing a city of the future. Then we cut to our main character living in a modern, spacious one-bedroom apartment; as we panned in, he’s slowly awake by the smooth noise of his smart alarm. As he gets ready for work, a noise from (the city) THE LINE, the audience is drawn. We are drawn to the busy noise from THE LINE.

He approaches the spacious 3D window, the curtains unveiled, something out of this world, surreal, as the camera follows him. Boom! Unimaginable; our sights have never seen anything like this before. Just like what they said before this year, 2030, this almost 600 billion to 1 trillion dollar project, at an estimate we might not know, took shape; the tourists are living in the space of time travel that puts human-race first.

Media from all over the world are invited, into this space, providing an exceptional urban living experience while preserving old traditions and the finest things life can offer. But, the only thing that needs to be added in this new mega city is more freedom for women, assembly, dissenting views, etc.“And…cut!” Wow, this is not a Sci-fi movie, isn’t it?!” The Assistant Director asked. The man must think hard about the question, “This is the future. And there’s nothing fictional about it,” he responded. “Imagine the kids born here and…

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Henry Johnson LR

I am a Liberian-born American writer with great ideas to impact lives and leave this world a little better than I found it.