Prince Faisal bin Bandar inspects Riyadh Metro Project

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar inspects work on the King Abdulaziz Project for Public Transport in Riyadh, on Wednesday. (AN photo)
Updated 18 January 2017

Prince Faisal bin Bandar inspects Riyadh Metro Project

RIYADH: Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Riyadh governor and chairman of the Higher Committee for the implementation of the King Abdulaziz Project for Public Transport in Riyadh, visited the Riyadh Metro project on Wednesday. He was briefed on the developments and working techniques, as well as on the security and safety arrangements of the project.
Prince Faisal visited the Blue Line (Al-Olaya-Al-Batha axis) and went into the tunnel at 35 meters deep and was further briefed on the latest developments of the National Museum station, located at crossroads of the King Faisal Road and King Saud Road.
The station’s design mixes modernity and authenticity.
Prince Faisal visited the tunnel in a vehicle that stopped at the Batha station, 27 meters underground where he was again briefed on the work progress.
Prince Faisal said in a statement that the Riyadh metro project is a prominent achievement that was carried out with the direction of King Salman.
He pointed out that 48 percent of the project has been completed.
The public transport project in Riyadh — a metro network and a parallel bus network — is part of a plan for public transport developed by the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh.
The program aims to provide residents and visitors with suitable public transportation services, diversify means of transportation in the city and limit the use of private cars.
Present during the inspection visit were Minister of Transport Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Engineer Abdul Latif Al-Sheikh, and Minister of Civil Service Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Araj.

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

Updated 15 min 25 sec ago

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

  • Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar welcomes Russian leader

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and is scheduled to have a meeting with Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar personally welcomed the Russian leader.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

Watch the live coverage of Putin’s arrival: