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.


Arab Parliament to meet today in Cairo

The assembly will be presided over by Arab Parliament Speaker Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami. (SPA)
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Arab Parliament to meet today in Cairo

  • The Committee of Economic and Financial Affairs discussed the proposal of the model law to achieve food security in the Arab world

JEDDAH: The meetings of the four permanent committees of the Arab Parliament were held on Monday in Cairo to prepare for the agenda of the second general assembly that will be held on Tuesday at the Arab League’s headquarters. The assembly will be presided over by Arab Parliament Speaker Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami.
The Committee of Foreign, Political and National Security Affairs discussed its second report regarding the political situation in the Arab world. It also studied the draft resolution referred by the Parliament’s speaker regarding the recent developments in Yemen and the support of peace talks.
The Committee of Economic and Financial Affairs discussed the proposal of the model law to achieve food security in the Arab world.
The Legislative, Legal and Human Rights Committee discussed the draft resolution on the Arab Parliament’s solidarity with the Arab countries that have been struck by terrorism and complete support in their war against terrorism and terrorist organizations. The Committee for Social, Cultural, Women and Youth Affairs studied the coordination of efforts for the adoption of the Arab Parliament’s proposals on women rights and Arab youth.