Saudi Arabia announces details of high speed train schedule

Makkah’s local authority has announced the details of the Haramain High Speed Railway’s first journey. (Reuters)
Updated 30 September 2018

Saudi Arabia announces details of high speed train schedule

JEDDAH: Makkah’s local authority has announced the details of the Haramain High Speed Railway’s first journey.
The first journey will take place on Oct. 4, 2018, and tickets can be purchased online.
The high speed train will run between Makkah and Madinah, eight times a day in both directions, and this will increase to 12 journeys from the beginning of 2019.
Trains will run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and will run every 60 minutes.
The Haramain High Speed Railway will have five stops, including Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdulaziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City, and Madinah.
King Salman launched the Haramain High Speed Railway, the biggest electric speed train project in the Middle East, at Jeddah’s Al-Sulaymaniyah station on Tuesday.
The inauguration ceremony concluded with the king taking the train from Jeddah to Madinah.


Coalition destroy Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

Updated 23 October 2020

Coalition destroy Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

  • The drone was targeting civilian areas in the south of the Kingdom
  • Saudi Arabia last week denounced the Houthi militia’s continued launch of drones targeting civilians in the Kingdom

DUBAI: Saudi-led Arab coalition intercepted a Houthi drone targeting civilian areas in the Kingdom on Friday, state news agency SPA reported.
“Forces of the Arab coalition have destroyed a drone launched by terrorist Houthi militants on civilian areas in the south,” Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.
Saudi Arabia last week denounced the Houthi militia’s continued launch of drones targeting civilians in the Kingdom.
The attacks are carried out in “a systematic and deliberate manner, which is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and its customary rules,” the Saudi council of ministers said in a weekly meeting.
The cabinet said the Kingdom wanted to “promote the values of pluralism and international cooperation stipulated in the United Nations Charter, in order to achieve sustainable development plans and goals and overcome challenges to reach a more inclusive and just world.”
The council reviewed a number of other issues and regional and international developments.
The ministers also said recent positive estimates of credit rating agencies on the Kingdom’s economy reflected its ability to face global economic challenges.