Saudi Arabia increases speed limits to 140 kph on some freeways

Saudi security officer controls traffic in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, in this August 30, 2017 file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 19 February 2018
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Saudi Arabia increases speed limits to 140 kph on some freeways

RIYADH: New speed limits on some expressways will come into effect from Monday, affecting all vehicles.
The increased speed limit for cars will be 140kph, 100kph for buses and 80kph for trucks, the director of Public Relations and Security, Col. Sami bin Muhammad Al-Shuwairikh told Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Updated road signs will be installed where the new speed limits are in place and drivers have been warned to not exceed them.
The roads on which speed limits have been amended include the Riyadh to Al-Taif road, the Riyadh to Al-Qassim road, and the highway to Makkah.
Al-Shuwairikh cautioned motorists not to exceed speed limits and to strictly abide by instructions on signboards.
The Special Forces for Road Security said the new increased speed limit does not mean that motorists should drive at the maximum allowed limit.


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.