SAR launches Riyadh-Qassim railway line

The Technical and Vocational Training Corp. (TVTC) is currently training 230 Saudi youths for employment in the railway sector.
Updated 01 March 2017
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SAR launches Riyadh-Qassim railway line

RIYADH: The Saudi Railway Co. (SAR) launched on Sunday a 1,250-km railway line to transport passengers during two journeys daily between Riyadh and the Qassim region.
The railway line is the first stage of the project. SAR plans to operate the full railway line, but in its first phase it will go through three stations and then extend to six stops, according to local media.
Tickets were fixed at promotional prices of SR20 ($5.30) and SR40 ($10.60) for children and adults, respectively.
The railway line will eventually link the capital city of Riyadh with Al-Haditha land port at the Saudi-Jordanian border.
The line will then be linked with the Riyadh-Dammam railway line, which came into operation in 1951.
SAR will operate six railway cars, but will begin with two in the first stage to transport a maximum of 444 passengers in one journey.
Rimaih Al-Rimaih, head of public transport and supervisor at SAR, said the new project is the biggest in the Middle East and a key component in transporting citizens and residents between cities and regions of the Kingdom.
SAR is owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), the investment arm of the Ministry of Finance.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Railway Polytechnic (SRP) announced recently that 230 Saudi youths are currently undergoing training for employment in the railways sector. Trainees include the 88 young Saudi men who joined 142 others who had been undergoing training at the SRP facility in Buraidah.
The training facility is being operated by the Technical and Vocational Training Corp. (TVTC) in partnership with SAR.
Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Sugair, SRP general manager, said trainees will help meet the Kingdom’s labor market needs for young people qualified to work in the local railway sector.


Crown Prince receives newly appointed Saudi ambassadors

Updated 17 February 2019
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Crown Prince receives newly appointed Saudi ambassadors

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met on Sunday in Riyadh the newly appointed Saudi ambassadors.

This included the ambassadors to Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Ethiopia and the UAE.

The crown prince congratulated the ambassadors on their appointment and wished them success, emphasizing the importance of working to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s international role in accordance with the directives of King Salman as well as attending to the affairs of Saudi citizens abroad.

The reception was attended by the minister of foreign affairs, Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Assaf.