Saudi Arabia launches investigation into cause of fire that ripped through high-speed railway station

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Makkah Governor, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, toured the scene of the fire at the Haramain train station in Sulaimaniyah district in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Makkah Governor, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, toured the scene of the fire at the Haramain train station in Sulaimaniyah district in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Makkah Governor, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, toured the scene of the fire at the Haramain train station in Sulaimaniyah district in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Makkah Governor, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, toured the scene of the fire at the Haramain train station in Sulaimaniyah district in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Makkah Governor, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, toured the scene of the fire at the Haramain train station in Sulaimaniyah district in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 01 October 2019

Saudi Arabia launches investigation into cause of fire that ripped through high-speed railway station

  • The main damage occurred on the second floor and the roof
  • The fire injured 11 people on Sunday in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Saudi civil defense chiefs began an investigation on Monday into the fire that engulfed the showpiece Haramain high-speed railway station in Jeddah.

Eleven people were injured when the blaze tore through the station in the Sulaymaniyah district on Sunday.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal inspected the damage on a visit to the scene. He described it as a “very serious issue” and said the cause of the fire was still unknown.

“Parts of the terminal ceiling are still falling down. However, the ground and first floor were not affected. The problems are with the second floor and the ceiling,” he said.

The governor urged the media and the public not to jump to conclusions about how the fire started. 

“Just wait for the results of the investigation; we will keep everyone in the loop. All committees tasked with the investigation are still in the preliminary stages of collecting information and evidence.

“Such accidents have happened in other countries, but we are hopeful that the investigation will make everything clear. 

The Interior Ministry, Transport Ministry and the Makkah governorate are comprehensively looking into the  situation.]

“The results of these investigations will be submitted to the leadership for whatever directives King Salman may issue.”

The governor praised those who had “risked their lives to control the fire,” and hoped they could be rewarded.

The 11 people injured in the fire were taken to hospital. Three were treated, and eight remain under medical care.

The railway was inaugurated by King Salman on Sept. 24, 2018 and is the biggest transport project in the region.

 


Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development reports launch of 20 initiatives

Updated 28 February 2020

Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development reports launch of 20 initiatives

  • Al-Rajhi also announced that the ministry has signed agreements and launched several initiatives to nationalize 595,000 jobs by the end of 202

RIYADH: The Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Eng. Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi said on Thursday that the ministry has recently launched 20 new initiatives based on recommendations from entrepreneurs to help develop the Saudi labor market. Al-Rajhi was speaking at a workshop aimed at supporting private sector facilities in Saudi Arabia.

“The ministry, in cooperation with relevant authorities, launched 68 initiatives last year aiming to develop and nationalize the business sector in the Saudi labor market and address related challenges,” he said in his opening speech. “The ministry has achieved everything that was agreed on in meetings and workshops held with businessmen, and the aim of (today’s) meeting is to follow up on the sector’s needs to help develop new initiatives.”

He added that the ministry is working on measuring the impact of the 20 most-recent initiatives on the development of the Saudi labor market, explaining that they were designed to “expand the development of the private sector through automation, enable employees of the private sector to develop incentives and rehabilitation programs, and improve the organization of the labor market by implementing relevant legislation.”

Al-Rajhi also announced that the ministry has signed agreements and launched several initiatives to nationalize 595,000 jobs by the end of 2020. To date, he said, those initiatives have resulted in more than 323,000 Saudis joining the labor market, adding that the ministry is working on nationalizing engineering and health soon.

He finished by saying that the ministry will continue to assist in developing the business sector and increasing Saudis’ participation in economic and national development, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.