Haramain train to make dry run soon, says transport minister

Updated 18 July 2015
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Haramain train to make dry run soon, says transport minister

JEDDAH: Transport Minister Abdullah Al-Muqbil, who is chairman of the board of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO), revealed that electricity has been connected through overhead lines for the Haramain High-Speed Railway network.
Al-Muqbil said the train has been tested on the line with a gradual speed of 300 km/h. Tests will continue for a few months until the efficiency of the train is verified. The minister expected King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and Madinah to be linked to the railway line at the end of 2015.
Sources quoted by the local media said that the Haramain railway station in Jeddah has some work yet to be completed, but progress in Makkah is ahead of schedule.
The project includes the establishment of railway lines between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah — with a total length of 450 km — with signals and modern communications systems.
The SRO provides express trains with state-of-the-art technology. Train stations will be established in Central Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh.
Haramain train represents one of the important elements in the executive program to expand the railway network in the Kingdom, and it is considered urgent due to the growing number of Umrah and Haj pilgrims and visitors who come to Makkah and Madinah throughout the year.
Al-Muqbil said earlier that ticket prices have been discussed and will be set to suit everyone according to studies and analyzes offered by specialists. He said there will be two passenger classes, first class and hospitality.


Crown Prince receives newly appointed Saudi ambassadors

Updated 17 February 2019
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Crown Prince receives newly appointed Saudi ambassadors

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met on Sunday in Riyadh the newly appointed Saudi ambassadors.

This included the ambassadors to Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Ethiopia and the UAE.

The crown prince congratulated the ambassadors on their appointment and wished them success, emphasizing the importance of working to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s international role in accordance with the directives of King Salman as well as attending to the affairs of Saudi citizens abroad.

The reception was attended by the minister of foreign affairs, Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Assaf.