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$1 trillion, 75 mile-long skyscraper could house 5 million people

July 25, 2022 | Comment icon 18 comments

The building will be 75 miles long and taller than the Empire State Building. Image Credit: Press Handout
Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for a remarkable construction project far beyond the scale of anything seen before.
The Middle-East certainly doesn't shy away from building things big; the Burj Khalifa, for instance, is the tallest building in the world - standing over Dubai at an incredible 2,717 ft in height.

Now Saudi Arabia has revealed plans for something even more audacious - a horizontal skyscraper consisting of two 1,600ft buildings (that's taller than the Empire State building) running parallel to one another for 75 consecutive miles and with a population exceeding that of a small country.

This incredible structure, which would cost over $1 trillion, would essentially be a self-contained city complete with a transportation network, greenhouses for growing food, shops, houses, parks, recreational facilities and everything else needed to live and work there.
Known as the Mirror Line, the proposed building will stretch from the Gulf of Aqaba, through a mountain range and out in to the desert.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly wants this enormous project to be completed by 2030, however experts have suggested that it would actually take up to 50 years to build.

Suffice to say, don't place any bets on this one ever becoming a reality.

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Comment icon #9 Posted by jethrofloyd 17 days ago
They better build three pyramids like in the time of the pharaohs.
Comment icon #10 Posted by NCC1701 17 days ago
They better build it upright so they can launch satellites from the top.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Gumball 17 days ago
This is some straight up Judge Dread terror. It would fail as a housing project and become the worlds biggest jail.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Nuclear Wessel 17 days ago
It’d be like a city contained within a single structure so I’d think there would be some kind of security enforcement. There would have to be for this kind of thing. Maybe it’s my proclivity for optimistic futurism but I think this will actually end up being built—the Middle East is becoming very gentrified. Sh!t like this just makes me think of scifi movies and the like. It is so cool to hear of these types of ideas.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Vox 17 days ago
Mega City One
Comment icon #14 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 16 days ago
Who wants to live in a friggn desert? LOL, but yeah go for it Clown Prince.
Comment icon #15 Posted by evalha 16 days ago
StupidMeter Rating: 100% they will need a new breed of police to enforce laws there. These police would have to be judge, jury, and executioner all in one and able to make these judgments on the spot.
Comment icon #16 Posted by quillius 16 days ago
they estimate it will take at least 30 years possibly 50 years
Comment icon #17 Posted by smokeycat 16 days ago
Yeah, the great pyramid of Giza apparently took less than half that time.  
Comment icon #18 Posted by Berwen 15 days ago
Dream on. Where to get the water, where to get the food, where to get the material to build it, etc, etc. The next question would be why and for whose benefit?

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