ThePlace: Hejaz Railway Museum in western Saudi Arabia

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Updated 08 August 2020

ThePlace: Hejaz Railway Museum in western Saudi Arabia

  • The Hejaz railway was a monumental project proposed in the early 20th century by the Ottoman Empire

Located just outside Hegra is Hejaz Railway Museum, which showcases part of the Hejaz Railway network that once ran through the Hejaz, or western Saudi Arabia.
Guests can learn how important the transportation system was to Islam and view some of the remains of AlUla station, including original tracks and trains. The original station, which was bombed by the British in 1917, still stands in AlUla. Tourists can take photos of the compound but are not allowed to enter.
The Hejaz railway was a monumental project proposed in the early 20th century by the Ottoman Empire. The line was meant to make pilgrimages to Madinah easier for Muslims in outlying countries, but because of its enormous overheads, and complications with building after the start of World War I, the line was shut down and never reinstated.
The remains of the line, which span from Damascus to Madinah, are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are one of the most treasured landmarks in Saudi Arabia.

 


Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources launches mining reserves, complexes and mining licenses service

Updated 01 October 2020

Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources launches mining reserves, complexes and mining licenses service

  • The move comes as a preparation for the launch of the new mining investment system

RIYADH: The minister of industry and mineral resources, Bandar bin Ibrahim Alkhorayef, launched a service on Thursday giving people access to the Taadin (mining) electronic platform that will include all electronically submitted applications for licenses, the registry of all licenses issued by the platform and their procedures, and the registry of mining complexes and mining reserves.

This move comes as a preparation for the launch of the new mining investment system, which was recently approved by the government and will come into effect at the beginning of 2021.

The launch of these services comes in respect with Article 4 of the new mining investment system, as it seeks to promote transparency in the sector and provide all relevant parties with access to information about licenses and mining areas.

“The ministry has tirelessly worked, in cooperation with numerous consultancy firms specialized in the field of mining, to develop the new mining investment system, which is now aligned with the best international practices in the relevant field,” said Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, deputy minister of industry and mineral resources.

 “We are currently working on preparing the executive regulations, conditions and necessary electronic models to deal with all kinds of license applications. We are also working to further develop the Taadin platform, which will be receiving and rapidly dealing with applications after all the requirements become available soon.

“When the regulations, conditions and models are completed, it will be possible, through this platform, to clarify and facilitate the requirements for licenses and businesses and receive the investors’ new applications,” he added, noting “this development in terms of mining-related legislations in the Kingdom is an important part of the Kingdom’s mining strategy, which is an integral part of the ambitious 2030 Vision and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program, that aim at developing the mining sector, turning it into the third pillar of the Saudi industrial sector.”

The ministry invites all those interested in acquiring further information to visit the following website: https://www.dmmr.gov.sa/mop/pages/home.aspx.