Bridge near KAIA to be removed in 2 months

Updated 01 August 2014
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Bridge near KAIA to be removed in 2 months

The bridge near King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) will be removed within two months to make way for new railway tracks under the Haramain High Speed Rail Project.
“The tracks will pass through several intersections along the Haramain and Nuzha roads,” said Bassam Ghulman, project director.
“Intersections are slated for completion within the two-month timeframe with the exception of the King Abdullah intersection, which will be complete by the end of the year,” he said. “The bridge leading to KAIA shall be removed to facilitate construction work taking place in the surrounding area.”
“The bridge must be removed in this time to keep apace of the railway schedule,” said Ghulman. “A new replacement bridge, which will be built with different standards and descriptions, will also be completed at the end of this year,” he said.
“The Haramain track between Rabigh and Madinah, meanwhile, will run by the end of next year,” he said. The railway, which spans 450 km, is being developed under the guidance of the Ministry of Transport upon directives issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. Work is ongoing at several intersections, including King Abdullah Street, Palestine Street, Tahlia Street and Airport Road in Jeddah.
The project includes the construction of four main stations in Madinah, King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh, Jeddah and Makkah.
Each station will include a main building, an arrival and departure halls, a mosque, a Civil Defense center, helipads, passenger waiting areas, short and long-term car parking slots, VIP halls, shops, restaurants and cafes.


Prince Sultan visits Russian space agency in Moscow

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Prince Sultan visits Russian space agency in Moscow

MOSCOW: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday, for a working session alongside its director general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
The two sides discussed areas ripe for collaboration, including possible investments in the space sector as well as joint training programs and shared technological research.
Prince Sultan stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries, and that it was essential to maintain it for both to progress in the increasingly competitive global space sector. He cited growing investment and cooperation as reasons to be optimistic, and highlighted the work of a joint commission between the two currently developing a Saudi national space strategy.
Rogozin said “Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence.”
The two nations possess unique heritage in terms of cosmic exploration. Saudi Arabia was the first Arab (and, indeed, the first Muslim) nation to send an astronaut into space — Prince Sultan himself, in 1985. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, which preceded the Russian Federation, was the first nation to send a man into orbit, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961.