Saudi Arabia’s Haramain train to return to service in 30 days after Jeddah fire

Saudi Civil Defense firefighters put out a fire that broke out at the Haramain high-speed train station in Jeddah. (AFP)
Updated 02 October 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Haramain train to return to service in 30 days after Jeddah fire

  • The service was halted on Sunday after a fire broke out at the station in Jeddah
  • The transport minister praised the various sectors that worked together to contain the blaze

RIYADH: The Haramain high-speed train network, which was hit by a huge fire, will resume operations within 30 days, Saudi Arabia's transport minister said Tuesday.
The service was halted on Sunday after a fire broke out at the station in Jeddah, injuring at least five people.
“Despite the damage caused by the fire, the Haramain train will resume its services within 30 days using the new King Abdulaziz Airport Terminal, as well as as well as stations in Makkah, King Abdullah Economic City and Medina, to serve Jeddah’s residents and visitors,” Nabeel Al-Amoudi, Minister of Transport and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Railways Company (SAAR).
The minister praised the various sectors that worked together to contain the blaze in Jeddah's Sulaimaniyah district.
Al-Amoudi thanked the Saudi Civil Defense, the General Security Aviation Command, the Red Crescent, support teams from Saudi Aramco, the Air Force and Civil Aviation.
The minister toured the site of the blaze on Monday to assess the extent of the damage.
Passengers and workers were evacuated from the station as soon as the fire alarm systems went off at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday. 
The blaze, which was centered in the roof of the station, lasted for 15 hours.


Saudi envoy receives Libyan ambassador to the UN

Updated 18 January 2020

Saudi envoy receives Libyan ambassador to the UN

NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, held talks in New York with Taher El-Sonni, Libya’s UN ambassador and permanent representative. 

The two sides discussed issues of mutual concern and latest political developments in the region. 

Al-Mouallimi congratulated El-Sonni for his new apppointment and conveyed the Saudi leadership’s best wishes for prosperity, stability and progress to the Libyan people. 

Al-Mouallimi reiterated Saudi Arabia’s rejection of any foreign interference in the Libyan affairs, adding that Riyadh will continue to push all concerned parties to reach a political solution that guarantees the unity of Libya and saves
people’s lives.