Rayan Al-Harbi, operations and maintenance director of the Haramain High-Speed Railway

Rayan Al-Harbi
Updated 09 August 2019

Rayan Al-Harbi, operations and maintenance director of the Haramain High-Speed Railway

Rayan Al-Harbi has been the operations and maintenance director of the Haramain High-Speed Railway (HHR) since December 2018.

Recently, Al-Harbi said that the train service’s capacity would increase to more than 150,000 pilgrims starting from the 10th of Dul Hijjah.

Al-Harbi said that the Haramain railway is one of the largest express transportation projects in the world. The length of the power lines on the train tracks is up to 12,000 km and connected to six giant power generators. 

Al-Harbi holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and graduated in 2008. He received a principle of railway operation license from Technische Universitat Dresden in 2010. He has also been a certified rail incident officer (RIO) since 2018. 

His career with the Saudi Railway Co. (SAR) began in 2009 as a signaling and telecommunication (S&T) resident engineer where he supervised S&T construction at Hail.

In 2013, Al-Harbi was promoted to S&T maintenance supervisor and a year later he became supervisor of the operations control center, where he provided leadership to the chiefs and train controllers and participated in developing a new rule book for SAR.

By 2016, he was officially settled in Riyadh as operations control center manager until he was promoted to head the HHR in 2017 to lead delivery of service demonstration during the soft opening. After becoming HHR director in 2018 his responsibilities have included overseeing train operations, maintenance and infrastructure, as well as marketing.


185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

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185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) finished its preparations for the new academic year with the completion of its educational programs aimed at developing children’s mental, cognitive and motor skills.

The DCA’s centers are getting ready to welcome around 185 new students, who will be enrolled in the preparatory and elementary stages. The association is also housing early intervention children in 11 centers throughout the Kingdom.

“The DCA’s centers finished their preparations early in line with the directives of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the association’s board of directors,” said Awadh Al-Ghamdi, the DCA’s secretary-general.

He added: “The association is keeping pace with new technologies by developing the educational care system every year. It continuously adopts new methods for children with special needs by providing the centers with what is necessary for the development of linguistic, social and psychological skills.

“The DCA held consultative meetings to approve an implementation mechanism by consulting experts from the educational committee at King Saud University about the importance of establishing an innovative resources room in all of the DCA centers.

Al-Ghamdi said: “The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education after it is judged by specialists from Saudi universities and adopted as part of the association’s initiatives. This comes as a continuation of the DCA’s role in caring for children with special needs for more than 35 years.”

The director of the DCA’s center in Al-Rass governorate presented the project’s original idea, which included reviewing the centers’ educational care programs according to modern educational trends.

A working group, which included a number of specialists, was assigned to the investigation. It presented a final vision to the DCA’s secretariat with a guide to the project’s implementation.