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.

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

King Salman chairs the virtual meeting. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

  • King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday congratulated the Presidency of State Security for its work in identifying and apprehending the suspected members of a terror cell in the Kingdom.

Some of those who were arrested allegedly trained at sites in Iran run by the country’s Revolutionary Guards. A cache of weapons and explosives was also seized.

Ministers expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the presidency’s employees in tracking down those who threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom and the safety of those who live there.

Majid Al-Qasabi, the acting minister of media, said that while reviewing the latest regional and international developments, cabinet members reiterated the Kingdom’s call during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference for the international community to adopt a firm stance on Iran, and take steps to address its violations of international agreements relating to its nuclear-research program. They also reaffirmed Saudi support for efforts, in partnership with the international community, to make the Middle East a nuclear weapon-free zone.

The virtual meeting was chaired by King Salman, who began by passing on his condolences and sympathy to the people of Kuwait and the family of its Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died on Tuesday. He also congratulated the emir’s successor, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day. He also briefed ministers on his recent telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed opportunities to further develop them.

The cabinet commended the king for his speech during the UN’s 75th General Assembly in New York, during which he emphasized the his country’s continued commitment to assisting the international community in efforts to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and address its humanitarian and economic implications.

Ministers also noted that his speech reflected the Kingdom’s dedication to security, stability and prosperity as a strategic choice, its call for peaceful coexistence, moderation and solidarity among all countries and peoples to address humanitarian challenges, its support for political solutions to conflicts, and its efforts to combat extremism in all its forms.

Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom that the G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place as planned as scheduled on Nov. 21 and 22, albeit virtually as a result of the pandemic. Saudi Arabia hold the presidency of the G20 this year.

Ministers also expressed their appreciation for international efforts, led by G20 countries, that have resulted in the provision of more than $21 billion to support the production of diagnostic and therapeutic tools during the pandemic, and the development and distribution of vaccines. In addition, more than $11 trillion has been allocated to protect the global economy, and more than $14 billion to mitigate the debt burdens of less-developed countries and help fund their health services and social programs. The Cabinet also reviewed the latest local and international developments in the pandemic, along with preparations for the safe resumption of Umrah.

Ministers reiterated the Saudi call, during an emergency meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs, for urgent action to avoid an environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea as a result of the deteriorating condition of the oil tanker Safer, which has been anchored off the coast of Yemen, near Ras Issa port, since 2015.

The Cabinet also expressed its concern over developments in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and urged both sides to agree a ceasefire and resolve the conflict peacefully in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.