400 smart buses to transport pilgrims, Makkah residents starting 2020

Transport between the holy sites is key to the pilgramage. (AN photo)
Updated 30 January 2019

400 smart buses to transport pilgrims, Makkah residents starting 2020

  • This project aims to transport and serve the pilgrims and the city’s residents and ensure the smooth flow of traffic

JEDDAH: The Makkah Region Development Authority is almost at the end of the manufacturing stage of 400 buses, which comes within the Makkah public transport project. The manufacturing and procurement stage is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, while the buses will become operational by the start of 2020.

This project aims to transport and serve the pilgrims and the city’s residents and ensure the smooth flow of traffic.

The buses will be Eco-friendly, equipped with navigation systems, automatic collection and payment systems, facilities for people with special needs, Wifi service, sophisticated air conditioning systems that cope with the city’s atmosphere, automated audio and video information systems, security systems and explanatory electronic screens.

The Authority’s spokesperson, Eng. Jalal bin Abdul Jalil Kaaki, affirmed that “the manufacturing stage already started.” “Specialists will be carrying out the examination and evaluation part through several stages.”

“With the first two stages of examination and evaluation completed, the work is now focused on the execution of the third and final stage. It will include the testing of a prototype on the streets of Vienne, Austria and on the streets of Makkah, in addition to testing the vehicle’s fuel and air conditioning efficiency,” he added, noting that “all is going according to the scheduled time frame.”

The signing of the manufacturing and procurement contract with the Saudi company Nesma and the Spanish TNC was sponsored by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the Governor of Makkah Region.

The contract includes the operation and maintenance provisions for ten operational year and procuring, operating and maintaining 400 buses at a total cost of SR3.2bn ($853m). 


AlUla CEO joins global hospitality leaders to discuss industry’s future

Updated 07 April 2020

AlUla CEO joins global hospitality leaders to discuss industry’s future

DUBAI: The Kingdom’s experiences in developing AlUla into the world’s largest living museum and a major heritage, cultural, arts and adventure tourism destination, will be shared by Amr AlMadani, chief executive of the Royal Commission of AlUla, at a virtual conference Hospitality Tomorrow being streamed online.

The conference will discuss the global challenges facing the hospitality industry among business owners, investors, financiers and operators, and hopes to forge a call to action amid global travel restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The discussion will also tackle how signs of recovery in the sector can be anticipated and the role tourism will play in accelerating the recovery of the global economy.

Established by royal decree, the Royal Commission for has three 2035 strategic targets: 2 million annual visits, contributing over $30 billion to Saudi GDP and creating 38,000 jobs.

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