Ras Lanuf is a new town for the employees of the nearby oil industries, on a low and arid site along the Mediterranean coast, and envisaged for 40'000 inhabitants. The general layout of the town is linear, following the coast and allowing extensive views and easy physical connection with the sea from all parts of town.
The town's structure is based on a functional hierarchy. There will be three centers forming public zones with community facilities extending down to the coast; these are in turn surrounded by high-rise housing blocks. A pedestrian route links different public, commercial, and recreational facilities to the residential areas.