Riyadh public transport project is 45% complete

Laborers work on a stretch of Riyadh Metro project.
Updated 25 November 2016

Riyadh public transport project is 45% complete

RIYADH: The $22.5 billion metro project, called the King Abdul Aziz Project for Riyadh Public Transport (KAPRPT), a linchpin of the Saudi capital’s modernization program, is 45 percent complete.
“We discussed with members of KAPRPT’s supreme committee the functioning of the project which has reached 45 percent completion percentage in 225 locations,” Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar said.
He made the announcement as he chaired the 11th meeting of the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh (HCDR) on Wednesday night at HCDR’s headquarters in the Diplomatic Quarter.
Earlier, the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) said: “The project will redefine the concept of public transportation, providing Riyadh residents and visitors with a world-class transportation system.” ADA spearheads the project’s implementation.
The project implementation includes the completion of 40 km of tunnels, 45km of bridges and 16km of surface tracks.
Prince Faisal bin Bandar, also the HCDR’s president, added during the meeting that the acceleration of work on the Riyadh Metro project is expected in the next phase.
He pointed out that the meeting saw a discussion of many of the key issues which include the phases of operation of the project, as well as methodologies for management, operation, and optimum maintenance that ensures project sustainability.
He said that the meeting also took into consideration the aspirations of the people in connection with the project, the search for existing business in the project and approval of appropriate directives in accordance with the highest standards.
Ibrahim bin Mohammed Sultan, HCDR member and president of the ADA, said that a presentation was also made on the progress of the project’s implementation.
He added that the distribution of work being carried out in the project includes business transfer services as well as the implementation of six train lines totaling 176 km.
It also includes the implementation of various components of tunnels, bridges and tracks on the ground, as well as the installation of steel bars on the Red Line, which includes the axis of King Abdullah Road, the Yellow Line axis through King Khaled International Airport, the Orange Line through Madinah Road, and the Blue Line with the axis of Olaya, Batha, and Al-Hair roads.
The project — which was scheduled to be finished in less than five years — will place the Saudi capital a on par with the world’s modern cities in advanced countries whose railway projects have played a key role in industrialization and modernization.
Upon completion, it will include 756 metro cars, 85 stations, 3,853 bus stops and stations, 24 bus routes, a 1,150 km network, and 956 buses.

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 24 January 2020

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.