First Saudi Railway Company train arrives in Hail

Updated 29 November 2017
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First Saudi Railway Company train arrives in Hail

JEDDAH: A Saudi Railway Company (SAR) train arrived in Hail on Saturday, making its debut trip. Hail is the fourth stop from Riyadh, with the train passing through Al-Majma’ah and Qassem. Locals welcomed the train by doing the Ardha folk dance. This service offers Hail residents a comfortable and safe option that connects them to the capital, Riyadh. SAR has also announced job opportunities in service and maintenance positions.
Ticket prices for the ride from Riyadh to Hail start from SR120 ($32), but SR60 discount can be availed by booking early through the official website.
Passengers can board the Riyadh-Hail train on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Attendees of the opening ceremony reacted positively on various social media platforms, praising the sleek cabin design and smooth operation.
In one tweet, Raeda Hanwar described her experience on the train as if she had “stepped into a dream,” noting that the possibilities are limitless for the future.


Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

Updated 25 May 2018
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Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

JEDDAH: Masjid Al-Izam (Mosque of the Bones) is a historic mosque in Al-Ula governorate, located 300 km north of Madinah.
In the ninth year after Hijrah (the emigration of Makkah’s Muslims to Madinah), as the Prophet Muhammad was on his way to battle, he marked the Qibla (the direction in which Muslims should pray) using bones because he could not find rocks or blocks.
To mark the occasion, the area’s residents built a mosque on that spot and named it Masjid Al-Izam.
It was made of stone, and mud was used to cover its walls, but it has undergone several restorations.
“Mention of the mosque can be found in many renowned scientific sources,” Abdullah Kaber, a researcher in Madinah’s development authority, told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
He said Masjid Al-Izam has attracted the attention of King Salman, who is focused on restoring a number of historic mosques across the Kingdom.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is planning to develop tourism in Al-Ula since it houses many historical sites and relics.