SR 45 bn Jeddah transport system to redefine mobility

Updated 13 March 2013

SR 45 bn Jeddah transport system to redefine mobility

JEDDAH: A massive public transport system covering roads, railways and seaways will be implemented in Jeddah within seven years. The Cabinet yesterday approved the SR 45 billion project that will bring about a dramatic improvement in people’s mobility.
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for sanctioning the project. “I would like to congratulate the people of Jeddah for this project that will contribute to its development and reduce traffic bottlenecks,” he said.
A high-level committee, chaired by Prince Khaled, will supervise implementation of the project, which includes tram systems, bus transport network, marine transport, a trolley transport system for the Corniche, a big public transport station and a suspended bridge in Obhur.
The Transport Ministry has completed 30 percent of the project’s designs, the governor said, adding that Jeddah Mayoralty would prepare the remaining designs. A company would be established to implement the project as quickly as possible.
There will be three tram systems. The 67-km Orange Line with 22 stations will start from Makkah Road, pass by the city center and end at Obhur. It will branch out to east via Sari Street.
The 24-km Blue Line with 17 stations will start from King Abdulaziz Airport and end at Haramain Railway Station. The 17-km Green Line with seven stations will start from the Corniche, pass by Palestine Street and Old Airport to reach Haramain Railway.
“There will be 208 carriages in the three tram systems,” said Jeddah Mayor Dr. Hani Aburas, adding that the project would cost SR 45 billion. The new road transport system will have 816 buses with 2,950 stations covering a total area of 750 km.
The marine transport system will have 10 stations.
The Cabinet had earlier approved similar projects for Riyadh and Makkah involving huge capital investments.
“This is great news for Jeddawis,” said Ahmed Al-Sheikah, a member of the National Industrial Committee. He called for expanding the railway system to the industrial city to facilitate transport of workers and products.
“We should also expand the marine transport system to connect Jeddah, Rabigh, Qunfuda, Al-Laith, Tuwal, and other coastal cities,” he told Arab News.

Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 42 min 28 sec ago

Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.