SR11bn for road projects this year

Updated 22 September 2013
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SR11bn for road projects this year

The Ministry of Transport, in a major exercise to improve infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, has taken up 223 road projects involving laying of roads covering a total length of 3,708 km at a cost of SR11 billion this year. Besides, it will also study the feasibility of laying 1,523 km of new roads in the Kingdom.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the total length of the road network including expressways, double lane and single lane roads had already touched 65,000 km, and all these adhere to the most advanced specifications.
"This is apart from 145,000 km agricultural roads," SPA reported, citing a source, adding that more than 24,000km of different kinds of roads are under construction in various parts of the Kingdom.
Road networks are of strategic importance for Saudi Arabia's industrial development with huge investments having been made for the development of transport infrastructure in addition to expansion of land, sea and air transport.
This year, the government has also decided to implement public transport systems including a metro and bus service system in Riyadh city to be completed in four years.
The King Abdullah Public Transport Project in Riyadh will comprise six metro lines and four fast bus routes in addition to various feeder bus services connecting residential districts and other important locations with main bus stands.
The 176 intra-city metro routes will have 85 stations, while bus routes covering 1,083 km will have 776 bus depots, according to the report.
Another metro system is being implemented in Makkah, while studies are underway to have advanced mass transit systems in other cities as well.


Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

Updated 27 April 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

  • Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise
  • It combines spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session

Studio55 is a boutique chain for women in Saudi Arabia with a workout studio that features a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. 

It has two branches, one in Alkhobar, established in June 2015, and one in Jeddah, set up in October 2017. 

Al-Batool Baroom, Studio55’s commercial director, said that the studio’s particular approach combined spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session.

“It is offered to all our members under one roof through our four workout zones: Ride55, Fitness55, Focus55 and Fusion55.” 

The studio also keeps track of members’ workouts through a software program called Performance IQ. 

It sends the member their workout performance statistics by email at the end of the class and stores the data on their studio profile. 

The information includes their average heart-rate, calories burnt, average RPM (in spinning classes), time and distance.

“Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise. We work on awareness, education and community events alongside our workouts and fitness engagement,” Baroom said.

“Every now and then we invite inspiring role-models to come and give an open talk at the studio, as well as prominent instructors to give classes. Some of our guests have included Princess Reema, Raha Moharrak, Dina Al-Tayeb, Manal Rostom, Nelly Attar and Hala Alhamrani.” 

Fatima Batook, founder of Studio55, encouraged women to visit the studio to help to change their lives for the better.

“Women should come to us to be more, to get inspired by our trainers and live their lives to their full potential, achieving not only health and fitness goals but personal life goals,” she said.