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.


US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

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US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

  • Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish

JEDDAH: Football fans around the world celebrated the recognition of women in sports after the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) final match in Lyon, France, in which the US beat the Netherlands 2-0. One country where the US victory struck a powerful chord among female sports enthusiasts is Saudi Arabia.

Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in the Kingdom as the reforms being introduced under the Vision 2030 plan enable women to take on different career paths.

Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish. In the end, they celebrated not only the US team’s victory but the recognition of women in sports as a whole. Members of the team talked to Arab News about how they have been inspired by the WWC.

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Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in Saudi Arabia as Vision 2030 reforms enable them to take on different career paths.

Johara Al-Sudairi, who has been playing for Jeddah Eagles as a winger since August 2017, said she is thrilled that football is gaining popularity among women in the Kingdom.

Fatimah Gari, who joined the team as a striker in 2014, was happy for her fellow female football players in the US for their victory.

“It is a very good feeling,” the 28-year-old Saudi told Arab News. “I wish one day we will have a Saudi team and will be in their place.”

The 16-year-old central midfielder believes Arab women would perform better than their male counterparts given the right support.

“With the right amount of funding and support, Arab women for sure can be better at playing,” she told Arab News.