SR60bn EP metros to be completed by 2021

Updated 22 May 2014

SR60bn EP metros to be completed by 2021

The integrated public transport system in Dammam and Qatif will cost around SR60 billion, said Eastern Province Mayor Fahad Al-Jubair on Wednesday.
“The project needs a year to a year-and-a-half for studies to be carried out and to identify railway locations and stations,” he said. The project is expected to be compete by 2021.
Al-Jubair said solutions would be found for possible traffic problems during the implementation period of the project, which consists of light rail, buses, rapid transport and shuttle buses.
He also said that the project will have two main lines, including one linking Dareen island in the north of the province to Qatif, passing by Dammam and Dhahran until the King Fahd Causeway, which links Saudi Arabia with Bahrain.
“The second line will connect King Fahd Road in Dammam, a lifeline in the province, heading down to King Fahd International Airport in the west,” the mayor said.
“The Eastern Province will witness a quantum leap after implementing the project and that will be reflected positively on the economic and tourism sector,” Al-Jubair said.
Major international railway companies have expressed their intent to participate in the multibillion-riyal project.
French Ambassador Bertrand Besancenot said five specialized companies from his country would compete for the contracts.
“French companies have won about 50 percent of the Riyadh metro project,” he said. Besancenot expressed hope that railway firms from his country would win a substantial number of metro contracts in Jeddah and Dammam.
“About 70 giant French companies are currently operating in Saudi Arabia,” the ambassador said, adding that they employ 27,000 workers.


E-visa service makes it easier than ever for Saudis to visit India

A plane is seen at the taxiway after landing at Kochi's International airport in the Indian state of Kerala on August 29, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 26 January 2020

E-visa service makes it easier than ever for Saudis to visit India

  • The cost of a one-year, multiple-entry tourist visa was reduced from $80 to $40, while a five year, multiple entry tourist visa costs $80

RIYADH: The introduction last year of an online “e-visa” service for Saudi nationals who want to visit India was an important development in the growing relationship between the nations.
The system, announced during a state visit by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to India in February last year, was launched on June 17.
It allows Saudi citizens to apply online for tourist, business, medical and conference visas. In addition, fees were reduced and longer-term visas were introduced.
A short duration, one-month visa for tourists, with double entry, costs $10 between April and June and $25 the rest of the year. The cost of a one-year, multiple-entry tourist visa was reduced from $80 to $40, while a five year, multiple entry tourist visa costs $80.
The other types of e-visa available to Saudi nationals, all of which cost $80, are: Business visa (valid for a year, multiple entry), conference visa (valid for 30 days, single entry), and medical visa and medical attendant visa (both of which are valid for 60 days, triple entry).

BACKGROUND

In addition to the e-visa system, traditional paper visas are still available from the Indian Embassy, and the time taken to process them for Saudi nationals has been reduced to two working days.

For more information about e-visas for Saudi citizens, and to apply for one, visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. Applications must be made at least four days before the planned date of travel.
In addition to the e-visa system, traditional paper visas are still available from the Indian Embassy, and the time taken to process them for Saudi nationals has been reduced to two working days. Last year, 19,116 e-visas and 18,598 paper visas were issued to Saudis.