Saudi Railway Company Station was the place to take a break

Break Station gathered many celebrities. (SPA)
Updated 05 June 2018

Saudi Railway Company Station was the place to take a break

  • SAR was founded in 2006 by the Public Investments Fund with the aim of implementing a railway project
  • Saudi Railway Company will play an important role in supporting the idea of Saudization.

JEDDAH: Break Station, an exclusive event held during Ramadan from Friday till Monday at the Saudi Railway Company Station, boasted a number of activities including sahoor, magic shows, games and challenges, art exhibitions, educational games for children, baloot and FIFA challenges in an exceptional Ramadan atmosphere.
Break Station gathered many celebrities such as the artist Yousif Al-Jarrah, Basheer Ghunaim, and Muhammed Al-Shehri.
A young participant, Shahad Al-Otaibi, an English literature student who is also an artist, told Arab News about her art piece: “My partner and I were asked to create a wall painting that symbolizes the Kingdom by drawing King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and King Abdul Aziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia.”
Al-Otaibi and her partner worked on the wall art project from day one of the event.
“We usually sell some of our art pieces, yet other pieces we present as gifts,” she said.
“Our business is working very well. We have been participating in a lot of events such as ‘Lahona Bassma’ and ‘once,’ which were exhibitions held during Ramadan and a lot of people are buying our art pieces. We are also expecting to participate in the art and culture event that will happen during Eid.”
Saud Al-Subaie, CEO of Bawader, which is responsible for organizing Break Station, told Arab News: “The goal is to increase the community’s knowledge about the achievements of the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) through Break Station event. SAR is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and today the railway covers the track extending from Riyadh to Al-Majma’ah, Al-Qassim, Hail, Al-Qurayyat and Al-Jawf, covering the northern region of the Kingdom.”
Al Subaie added: “The railway between Al-Harmain is fully completed and opened recently, and the company is expecting to open its railways for all regions and cities in the near future.”
SAR was founded in 2006 by the Public Investments Fund with the aim of implementing a railway project that links the northern region with both the eastern and central regions of the Kingdom. SAR is applying state-of-the-art global standards of performance, entertainment, safety and high-tech implementation.
SAR will play an important role in supporting the idea of Saudization. Until now, 70 percent of its staff are Saudis. The company is also supporting the progress of diversifying sources of income. In addition, it is nationalizing the tasks of operation and management of this sector in terms of investments in supporting industries that would create new and promising opportunities for the young generations. SAR also wants to achieve the principle of sustainability for the future of this sector at large.
The company is offering discounts for all students, and the Saudi soldiers in the southern border areas. Accommodation is also provided for people with special needs.

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.