SRO adds two US-made train engines to its fleet

Updated 04 September 2012
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SRO adds two US-made train engines to its fleet

DAMMAM: The Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) added two new train engines to its fleet last week.
The two engines are the first consignment of eight trains to be imported from the United States.
“The two new engines started operating last week after conducting successful trial runs,” SRO Public Relations Director Muhammad Abu Zaid said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.
Two additional engines on consignment have arrived at the King Abdul Aziz Airport in Dammam.
“They are currently undergoing customs formalities. They will be serving in the goods service section,” Abu Zaid said.
The remaining four engines were expected to arrive in the Kingdom in the next few weeks, he added.
He said the newly received engines were being added to the freight service because of its increasing demand for the movement of containers from Dammam’s seaport to Riyadh’s dry dock.
Zaid said the SRO signed contracts with US and Chinese companies to supply 34 train engines of varying capacities: 10 engines with 3,500 hp, delivery expected in March 2013, followed by six engines with 2,000 hp arriving in November the same year.


Serie A president Gaetano Micciche praises ‘Saudi hospitality’ ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

Updated 16 January 2019
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Serie A president Gaetano Micciche praises ‘Saudi hospitality’ ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

  • Speaking exclusively to Arab News, Micciche said it was a "great honor" to be in the Kingdom
  • The Serie A chief also discussed his thoughts his impressions on Jeddah and the event

JEDDAH: From day one, Serie A president Gaetano Micciche has been a staunch defender of Saudi Arabia playing host to the Italian Super Cup. With the kick-off now mere hours away at King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, his good faith has been rewarded.
“We have had great hospitality,” he said. “I am really glad to experience Saudi Arabia not only for myself, but for all Italian people that have arrived here for the first time. The Saudi public has been full of kindness for the Italian people. It is a great honor for Serie A and myself to be here for such an important event.”

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the Serie A chief discussed his thoughts his impressions on Jeddah and the event.
“I am happy because I now have a fair impression of the situation here,” he said. “I will surely be returning to Italy full of satisfaction and with positive ideas to return in the near future with other matches. All of the responses that I have seen have been very positive. Jeddah is a city that is rapidly evolving. It is really interesting for me and I have no doubt that there is a large and great potentiality for Jeddah to grow in the years to come.”
Micciche said he was delighted to find such a modern and beautifully built stadium.

Serie A president Gaetano Micciche (C) with Arab News' Abdulaziz Al-Aquil (R) and columnist Max Ferrari (L). (AN Photo)

King Abdullah Sports City (KASC), also known as “Al Jawhara,” Arabic for “jewel,” is the largest football stadium in Jeddah, with a maximum capacity of more than 62,000.
“I was happy to see the complex, which is one of the most beautiful in the world,” he said.
“I was especially happy to learn that the stadium has been completely sold out and that more than 15,000 women will be attending. I believe that sport in general, and football in particular, is a special factor of life. Today, two of the best Italian teams will be playing and I am sure they will put on a great match. I repeat: I am happy with all the organization, with the city, with the people, and with the hospitality.”