73 km of Riyadh metro to be underground

Updated 30 January 2014

73 km of Riyadh metro to be underground

More than 73.4 km of the metro in the capital would be underground.
One of the world's largest metro projects, this automatic driverless network will be over 170 km and have 87 stations on six lines, and is scheduled for completion in 2018, said the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh (HCDR).
The HCDR said the SR30-billion train network would have the tunnels concentrated in the most densely populated parts of the city with the most traffic congestion.
The underground tunnels are 41.7 percent of the total length of the project. This includes the 12.9-km King Abdulaziz line from King Abdullah Road to the King Abdulaziz Historical Center. About 3.3 km of the King Abdullah Road line will be underground, while the middle part of the 17.3 km Al-Olaya/Al-Batha line will consist of one tunnel that will extend from Al-Murooj neighborhood to Qasr Al-Hukum area.
The HCDR said that 10.7 percent of the metro would run on the level of the city's roads over 18.9 km.
About 47 percent of the metro, or 83.8 km, would run on elevated overpasses in the northern, southern and western parts of the city.
The HCDR stated previously that the project has assigned a color code for each line through the city.
The blue metro serves the Olaya-Batha line, green the King Abdullah Road line, red the Madinah-Prince Saad bin Abdulrahman Al-Awal line, orange the King Khaled Airport Road line, yellow the underground tunnel line along King Abdulaziz Street between King Abdulaziz Historical Center and the Riyadh Airbase, and the purple the Abdulrahman bin Auf and Al-Sheikh Hassan bin Hussain line.


Hi-tech warehouse opens in Saudi Arabia to serve health sector

Updated 24 September 2020

Hi-tech warehouse opens in Saudi Arabia to serve health sector

JEDDAH: The Public Investment Fund’s National Unified Procurement Co. (NUPCO) has opened a new automated warehouse in King Abdullah Economic City that provides comprehensive distribution and storage for the state health sector.
This is part of NUPCO’s efforts to support the health sector and provide smart supply chains and high-quality logistical services in a partnership agreement with a pioneering private company.
The warehouse is one of NUPCO’s largest warehouses in the Kingdom, with an area covering 300,000 square meters. It is fully automated, with the latest technologies and advanced logistical services.
Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Shebel, the CEO of NUPCO, said that the warehouse represented the strategic partnership between NUPCO and private sector companies for public health facilities at its best.
It will provide advanced medical services and contribute to the health of the Saudi community.
He noted that after the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic NUPCO equipped the warehouse in record time to increase the level of support for health facilities.