Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, also known as MBS, is one of the youngest leaders in the world at 36 years of age. In 2017, he ascended to the throne of one of the richest nations in the Middle East, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since coming to power, Bin Salman has put into motion several ambitious plans to bring Saudi Arabia into the future. These plans are part of a larger project called Saudi Vision 2030. Saudi Vision 2030’s plan is to minimize the nation’s reliance on oil exports, which account for 75 percent of the country’s spending budget.
To generate alternative forms of income, Saudi Arabia is looking toward building its tourism industry, as neighboring locations like Dubai and Abu Dhabi have become travel hot spots. In line with this goal, the country recently released plans for a very large urban project called “The Line.” The Line will be a singular building in the desert that will house 9 million people and stretch over 170 km in length. The futuristic building will be 200 m wide and act like a vertical city. It will cover a total of 34 km2 of space. The building will reportedly be totally powered by renewable energy.
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1. Who is Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud?
2. What does Saudi Vision 2030 plan to do?
3. What is ＂The Line?＂
1. What are your views on Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud?
2. What do you know about Saudi Arabia?
3. Why is it important for Saudi Arabia to end its reliance on oil exports?
4. What do you think about ＂The Line?＂