Riyadh public transport project is 57% complete, says acting governor

Acting Riyadh Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, center, poses with officials and workers of King Abdul Aziz Project for Public Transport, in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 08 August 2017

Riyadh public transport project is 57% complete, says acting governor

JEDDAH: Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, acting Riyadh governor and vice-chairman of the Higher Committee for the implementation of the King Abdul Aziz Project for Public Transport in Riyadh, visited the Riyadh Metro project on Sunday. He was briefed on the developments and working techniques, as well as on the security and safety arrangements of the project.
On his arrival, Prince Mohammed was received by officials from the Higher Commission for the Development of Riyadh (HCDR).
“Work on the implementation of the Riyadh metro project is proceeding at steady steps according to the devised plans and programs. The completion rate of the project so far is 57 percent in all works and components of the project. The project will enhance Riyadh’s position among the most advanced cities of the world,” Prince Mohammed said in a press statement.
Upon his arrival to the location of the Green Line station (King Abdul Aziz Road axis), adjacent to the intersection of King Abdul Aziz Road and Prince Mamdouh bin Abdul Aziz Road in Sulaymaniyah district, the Prince was briefed on security and safety procedures.
Prince Mohammed then watched a short film about the deep tunneling work in the project, produced by the Supreme Commission earlier this year.
The drilling included three tunnels in three lines of the train network with a total length of 34 kilometers, through seven giant TBM tunneling machines.
Prince Mohammed was also briefed on the design of the station, its components and capacity of passengers, which is estimated at 53,000 passengers a day.
He watched a short film about the installation of bridges on the fourth track of the project, using giant bridge-building machines that were first used in the Kingdom.
During the visit, he toured King Abdul Aziz Road and was briefed on the work of implementing the infrastructure project for the Bus Project.
The bus project includes the construction of a bus transport network covering the entire city of Riyadh.
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 HCDR.
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.


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 05 August 2020

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies