Saudi Arabia announces details of high speed train schedule

Makkah’s local authority has announced the details of the Haramain High Speed Railway’s first journey. (Reuters)
Updated 30 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia announces details of high speed train schedule

JEDDAH: Makkah’s local authority has announced the details of the Haramain High Speed Railway’s first journey.
The first journey will take place on Oct. 4, 2018, and tickets can be purchased online.
The high speed train will run between Makkah and Madinah, eight times a day in both directions, and this will increase to 12 journeys from the beginning of 2019.
Trains will run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and will run every 60 minutes.
The Haramain High Speed Railway will have five stops, including Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdulaziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City, and Madinah.
King Salman launched the Haramain High Speed Railway, the biggest electric speed train project in the Middle East, at Jeddah’s Al-Sulaymaniyah station on Tuesday.
The inauguration ceremony concluded with the king taking the train from Jeddah to Madinah.


Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

Updated 16 min 39 sec ago
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Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

CAIRO: Dr. Khalid Al-Ghamdi, chairman of the Arab Media Standing Committee and general supervisor of foreign media at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media, called for coordinated Arab efforts to overcome regional challenges particularly the Palestinian issue and terrorism.
Al-Ghamdi was presiding over the committee’s 93rd session held at Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo on Sunday.
He said the meeting discussed a number of key issues including the Arab Media Charter of Honor. It was, Al-Ghamdi said, a continuation of previous meetings to discuss their outcomes and review the results in the light of proposals put forward by different member Arab countries.
The meeting was also attended by Arab League’s Assistant Secretary-General for Social Affairs Ambassador Badr El-Din Alali, Counselor Fawzi Al-Ghwail, director of the technical department of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, representatives of Arab member states, representatives of Arab information ministries and the heads of Arab media agencies and institutions.
Alali said the Palestinian question continues to remain the main issue in addition to the terrorist threats, sustainable development and the Arab image in the West.
“Implementing the Arab Media Strategy and improving media practices using the latest technologies is vital for media to effectively contributing to awareness programs and supporting the region’s vital issues.”
He said the inclusion of the Arab Media Charter of Honor and media education to the agenda is of great importance.
He also express resolve to counter the phenomenon of fake news and that the Arab media is serious about countering this problem.