King Salman to inaugurate Saudi Arabia’s Haramain high-speed railway

The project can carry 60 million passengers a year with a fleet of 35 trains containing 417 seats each. (SPA)
Updated 25 September 2018
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King Salman to inaugurate Saudi Arabia’s Haramain high-speed railway

  • The 450 kilometer train line connects the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah with stations at Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, and King Abdullah Economic City
  • This giant project has been implemented in three stages by a number of national and international companies

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will inaugurate the Haramain high speed rail project on Tuesday ahead of the start of commercial operations next month.
The 450 kilometer train line connects the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah with stations at Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, and King Abdullah Economic City.
Saudi Minister of Transport, Dr. Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi, expressed his gratitude to the King for his patronage of the ceremony as well as his support for national projects.
Al-Amoudi said King Salman gives great importance to the transportation projects in Saudi Arabia as they represent the Kingdom’s efforts in serving citizens and visitors, specifically pilgrims.
He also said the King and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman are always committed to provide the highest quality services to pilgrims, to fulfill Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to increase the number of pilgrims.
This giant project has been implemented in three stages by a number of national and international companies.
The project can carry 60 million passengers a year with a fleet of 35 trains containing 417 seats each.
Dr. Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, chairman of the Public Transport Authority, said the project is the region’s first high-speed electric train.
The designs of the stations of the Haramain rail were inspired by the unique Islamic architecture of the cities of Makkah and Madinah.


Saudi Minister discusses education system with Iraqi envoy

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Saudi Minister discusses education system with Iraqi envoy

  • Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region
JEDDAH: Saudi Education Minister Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa on Friday received Iraqi Ambassador Qahtan Taha Khalaf in Riyadh.
They discussed education-related issues in the two countries and ways to enhance the education system.
Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.
Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.
The Kingdom’s private K-12 education market, valued at $5 billion in 2017, is expected to grow to $12 billion by 2023, said a recent report.
It is important to mention that Saudi students are now allowed to enroll in private international schools and the country is allowing foreign ownership of companies in the education sector.