Saudi railways approach 67th anniversary, play large role in linking cities

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Saudi railways also contribute to economic and social development and play a pivotal role in transporting goods and passengers between cities in the Kingdom.(SPA)
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Saudi railways also contribute to economic and social development and play a pivotal role in transporting goods and passengers between cities in the Kingdom.(SPA)
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Saudi railways also contribute to economic and social development and play a pivotal role in transporting goods and passengers between cities in the Kingdom.(SPA)
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Saudi railways also contribute to economic and social development and play a pivotal role in transporting goods and passengers between cities in the Kingdom.(SPA)
Updated 20 September 2018
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Saudi railways approach 67th anniversary, play large role in linking cities

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s railways are considered one of the main methods of transportation and the Kingdom has always paid attention to its railway sector. 
The railways also contribute to economic and social development and play a pivotal role in transporting goods and passengers between cities in the Kingdom.
Construction of the the Riyadh-Dammam railway line began in 1947, and it has transported passengers and goods since its inauguration on October 20, 1951. 
The railway line is 569 km long and its opening coincided with the establishment of a large commercial port in the Eastern Province.
In the beginning, the railway line was run by Aramco, but it was subsequently entrusted to the Ministry of Finance.
On May 13, 1966 a royal decree was issued establishing the The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) as a public corporation having full legal status.
The development of the vital Riyadh-Dammam line emphasizes the state’s keenness to develop the railway sector. Several railway lines linking Riyadh to numerous cities in the Eastern Province have been built, and the main line linking Riyadh and Dammam has been modernized.
The main railway stations for passengers opened in Riyadh, Dammam, and Hofuf in 1981, and in 1985, another railway line between Riyadh and Dammam measuring 449 km was built. The line shortened the journey time between the two cities from 420 minutes to 300 minutes. Modern SRO trains travel at around 160 km per hour.
A considerable number of passengers use SRO trains and this is a sign of the confidence that citizens and residents put in the railways as a means of safe transportation compared to other forms of transport. Passenger trains transported approximately 1.48 million passengers during 2017 between stations in Dammam, Abqaiq, Hofuf, and Riyadh.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”