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.

King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at the launch of a three-day festival of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday in Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh. (Twitter)
Updated 14 December 2018

King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

  • Enrique Iglesias took the stage in an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah
  • The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical

RIYADH: Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias launched a three-day festival  of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday with a stunning concert at an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah.

The king of Latin pop took the stage by storm and stole the hearts of thousands in the crowd, whose screams could be heard from a long way away. “I love you Enrique,” a group of girls in the audience shouted.

As he waved his hand back and forth in the air, the crowd started doing the same while jumping up and down. The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical. 

No theatrics were excluded as displays of fireworks and lasers wowed the audience. The singer asked the crowd if they spoke Spanish, and everyone screamed “Yes.”

While stage smoke poured into the arena a female performer sang a duet with Iglesias, who then delighted the crowd with some impromptu salsa dancing in front of the stage.

Fans waved their uplifted phones with their screens and flashes along with the music, while others tried to capture the performance.

“You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love,” sang Iglesias while the crowd screamed.

Earlier the R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo persuaded the crowd to put on their dancing shoes with an energetic set.

“Saudi, whassup! This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” he told the audience. He said his mother taught him to never visit empty handed, so his gift to Saudi Arabia was the debut performance of a new song.

Thursday’s entertainment will be followed on Friday by shows from Arab music star Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The climax of the festival comes on Saturday with the Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix motor race, followed by headline performances by OneRepublic and the megastar DJ/producer David Guetta.