Al-Haramain metro will be run on electric energy

Al-Haramain train will enjoy some unique specifications and features compared to other trains in the world. (SPA)
Updated 10 July 2016
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Al-Haramain metro will be run on electric energy

JEDDAH: A well-informed source revealed that Al-Haramain train project will be operated by electricity instead of nuclear or magnetic energy, in order to achieve the operational and economic feasibility of the project.
The source said the use of the more feasible electric power in the project will be based on a number of controls and standards, stressing the fact that there are a number of hazards that would hinder the economic feasibility of running trains using nuclear or magnetic power.
The source explained that after the study of all options and alternatives, it turned out that operating the train project using electric energy is the best feasible alternative in terms of operational and economic aspects. The most important constraint facing the use of nuclear or magnetic energy is the high temperatures of some of the regions of the train track.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan was briefed during an inspection tour on the works being implemented in Jeddah.
The works include the construction of infrastructure and work for the train track. He was briefed by the project general manager on the workflow and its time plan. The minister gave directions to exert more efforts and for the provision of the required equipment and labor force to avoid delays and to complete the project according to the time schedule. The minister continued the inspection tour on the train track, the roads where the train will pass through, and the work being implemented along the road to Rabigh.
Al-Haramain train will enjoy some unique specifications and features compared to other trains in the world, including being able to operate under special circumstances where trains in other countries could not run or operate.
Some of the specification are commensurate with the weather conditions of the Kingdom, where temperatures in winter drop to less than zero, in some regions the train track passes through, and goes up in the summer to more than 56° C in some regions.


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.