Haramain train project undergoes rigorous tests

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Updated 09 October 2015
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Haramain train project undergoes rigorous tests

JEDDAH: Minister of Transport Abdullah Al-Muqbil checked on the progress of the multibillion-riyal Haramain high-speed railway this week, and rode on a train during a test run.

Al-Muqbil inspected all components and stages of the rail project which will run between Makkah, Jeddah, Rabigh and Madinah, according to a report in a local online publication on Wednesday.
Al-Muqbil started out checking bridges, intersections and stations, and urged contractors to complete the work without delay. He urged the Spanish company involved in the project to make sure it is completed on schedule.
He also traveled on a train that ran at 180 km per hour. During the journey, Al-Muqbil was briefed by officials on various aspects of the project. He also met Saudi students who received training in Spain to run the train.
At the end of the journey, Al-Muqbil said that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman wanted the project completed to the highest possible standards. It would help grow the economy and benefit people locally.
He said the ministry was making every effort to ensure the project was completed on time. He was accompanied by Rumaih Al-Rumaih, chief executive officer of the Saudi Railway Company, Mohammad Tawfeeq Madani, director general of roads and transport in Makkah, officials from the Saudi Railways Organization and representatives of the contractors involved in the project.


Umrah guests visit historic sites in Madinah, Saudi Arabia

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Umrah guests visit historic sites in Madinah, Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The guests of the 13th batch of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Umrah on Sunday visited Islamic sites in Madinah and the King Fahd Complex for Printing the Holy Qur’an.
Following the tour, the head of the planning department of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Djibouti, Dr. Othman Hussein Mohammed, thanked King Salman for making all-out efforts to serve Islam and Muslims all over the world.
The guests — comprising 203 individuals from eight African countries — thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the generous hospitality, services and facilities provided to them from the moment that they left their countries to their arrival in the Kingdom.
The guests have come from Ethiopia, Senegal, Comoros, Djibouti, Mali, South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda.
With the arrival of the 13th batch of guests, the total number has reached 2,803 from various countries since the start of the program.