Holy Sites metro project to transport 350,000 pilgrims this year

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The MMMP (South Line) links the southeast of Arafat and southwest of Mina through Muzdalifah. (SPA)
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The MMMP (South Line) links the southeast of Arafat and southwest of Mina through Muzdalifah. (SPA)
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The MMMP (South Line) links the southeast of Arafat and southwest of Mina through Muzdalifah. (SPA)
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The MMMP (South Line) links the southeast of Arafat and southwest of Mina through Muzdalifah. (SPA)
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The MMMP (South Line) links the southeast of Arafat and southwest of Mina through Muzdalifah. (SPA)
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The MMMP (South Line) links the southeast of Arafat and southwest of Mina through Muzdalifah. (SPA)
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The MMMP (South Line) links the southeast of Arafat and southwest of Mina through Muzdalifah. (SPA)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Holy Sites metro project to transport 350,000 pilgrims this year

JEDDAH: The opening of the Al-Mashaaer Al-Mugaddassah Metro Project (MMMP) in 2010 introduced a new means of transport for pilgrims in the Kingdom.
The MMMP (South Line) links the southeast of Arafat and southwest of Mina through Muzdalifah. The trains pass through three stations in each of Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina. The track stretches over roughly 20 kilometers and the driverless trains run at speeds between 80-120 kph.
The project includes nine overground stations, each with a 300-meter long platform that can be accessed by pilgrims via specific routes to the waiting areas under the stations, each of which can accommodate more than 3,000 people.
During this year’s pilgrimage season, the service is expected to transport 350,000 pilgrims over the course of seven days, running a total of over 1,000 journeys on its 17 air-conditioned trains, in which each carriage accommodates 300 pilgrims.
The project won Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs a FIDIC Centenary Award of Merit in 2013 — when it was selected as one of the top 24 engineering projects in the world from the previous 100 years by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers.
The MMMP(South Line) also won the US-based Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Operations Research and the Management Sciences.


Saudi king arrives in Egypt on official visit

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Saudi king arrives in Egypt on official visit

  • King Salman will head the Saudi delegation at the EU-Arab states summit
  • Ways to strengthen Saudi-Egyptian ties will be discussed during the king’s visit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Egypt Saturday on an official visit, during which he will attend the EU-Arab Summit, the Saudi Press Agency reported.  

The king will head the Saudi delegation at the summit, which is due to be held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. 

The two-day summit is billed as a starting point for the Arab League and the EU to boost cooperation on shared strategic priorities including migration, security and climate change.

Economic development, the Palestinian question, and the conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen are also up for discussion.

The king's visit is a response to an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who will host the two-day summit.

Ways to strengthen Saudi-Egyptian ties will be discussed during the visit.