Why the new Riyadh Metro is a testament to the Kingdom’s creativity and ingenuity

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The network will link King Khalid International Airport and King Abdullah Financial District, the prominent universities, downtown Riyadh and the public transport center. (AN Photo)
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The network will link King Khalid International Airport and King Abdullah Financial District, the prominent universities, downtown Riyadh and the public transport center. (AN Photo)
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The network will link King Khalid International Airport and King Abdullah Financial District, the prominent universities, downtown Riyadh and the public transport center. (Supplied)
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The network will link King Khalid International Airport and King Abdullah Financial District, the prominent universities, downtown Riyadh and the public transport center. (Supplied)
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Updated 23 September 2023
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Why the new Riyadh Metro is a testament to the Kingdom’s creativity and ingenuity

Why the new Riyadh Metro is a testament to the Kingdom’s creativity and ingenuity
  • The driverless, electric trains will serve six metro lines connecting 85 stations throughout the capital, spanning 176 kilometers 
  • With world-class functionality and a captivating design, the new metro will have capacity for 3.6 million passengers daily

RIYADH: While Riyadh has much going for it in recent years, nothing is as iconic as its subway transportation undertaking. It’s one of the world’s largest metro projects. And yet that is not the best part.

Riyadh Metro is one of the few places in the world where engineering embraces art, where its functionality blends with its magnificence.

With its stunning architecture and captivating design elements, the network will be able to operate electric trains without drivers.

According to the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, the network will consist of six metro lines connecting 85 stations and spanning about 176 km.

Cutting through the densely populated areas, the network will link King Khalid International Airport and King Abdullah Financial District, the prominent universities, downtown Riyadh and the public transport center.

Moreover, the $22.5 billion project with its four grand stations — Qasr Al-Hukm District, King Abdullah Financial District, Western and STC — will also revolutionize the city’s mobility infrastructure, promising to transport 1.2 million passengers daily in its initial phase and eventually 3.6 million at full capacity.

According to One Works, a global design consultancy firm instrumental in planning Western Metro Station, the philosophy demonstrated a design reflective of local culture and heritage.

It absorbed the Kingdom’s dominant desert landscapes, oases and palm groves and created a cluster of dune-shaped, earth-colored structures emerging from the site, creating incredible avenues for station entry, light penetration and pedestrian shading.

The plaza, envisaged as a new and significant urban center external to the downtown area, is a revitalizing force that will reconnect existing neighborhoods, provide transportation and services, and boost the city’s economic development.

Similarly, Zaha Hadid Architects’ conceptualization of the KAFD Metro Station is outstanding and prioritizes connectivity. According to the firm’s website, predicted rail, car and pedestrian traffic across the location was mapped to optimize internal circulation and avoid congestion.

The resulting configuration was a three-dimensional lattice expressed through a sequence of sine waves, which acts as the spine of the building. 

The overall composition echoes patterns generated by desert winds in sands, where reverberations generate complex repetitions in natural formations. 

According to Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants, one of the consortiums associated with the project, the network has introduced several sustainable measures to reduce energy consumption.

The product has adopted a mix of on-site generated energy from photovoltaic cells, energy-efficient equipment, LED lighting fixtures, and occupancy and presence sensors. 

Much thought has gone into water conservation with the project utilizing treated on-site gray water, sewage effluent, water-efficient fixtures, and efficient irrigation systems along the metro corridor.

Once completed, the project will considerably reduce carbon emissions by providing a sustainable means of transportation to facilitate citizens’ and residents’ dependence on vehicles. 

In one of its project highlights, RMTC said that the designs developed for the four stations will meet a minimum silver certification of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. 

Overall, the project has taken the lifecycle design approach: plan, design, and construct the project using materials that are local, recyclable and nonpolluting.

Once launched, this monumental project will be a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of architects, artists and engineers, a celebration of the human mind. 

It will demonstrate the country’s commitment to modernized structures that offer people top-tier facilities, making it a sought-after experience at the Riyadh Expo 2030.

The expo’s designated location, situated near the King Salman International Airport, is currently under construction, but it is strategically placed to showcase the advanced transportation systems of our times. The world is ready, and so is Riyadh.


Saudi FM receives Montenegrin counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Ivanovic in Riyadh on Thursday. SPA
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Ivanovic in Riyadh on Thursday. SPA
Updated 18 April 2024
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Saudi FM receives Montenegrin counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Ivanovic in Riyadh on Thursday. SPA
  • During the meeting, the two officials reviewed cooperation between their countries and ways to enhance and develop it in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Ivanovic in Riyadh on Thursday.

During the meeting, the two officials reviewed cooperation between their countries and ways to enhance and develop it in various fields.

They also discussed regional and international developments and efforts made in this regard.


Governor of Taif meets with Saudi cultural director

Governor of Taif meets with Saudi cultural director
Updated 18 April 2024
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Governor of Taif meets with Saudi cultural director

Governor of Taif meets with Saudi cultural director
  • Prince Saud bin Nahar was briefed on SASCA’s strategy and initiatives aimed at fostering and empowering talent in the cultural and artistic fields
  • A cooperation agreement was signed between SASCA and Taif University

RIYADH: Governor of Taif Prince Saud bin Nahar bin Saud met Princess Haifa bint Abdulmohsen, the director of development and partnerships at the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, at the governorate’s headquarters on Thursday.

The governor was briefed on SASCA’s strategy and initiatives aimed at fostering and empowering talent in the cultural and artistic fields, in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The parties were also present at the signing of a cooperation agreement between SASCA in Taif and Taif University.


Saudi FM receives phone call from Belgian counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib on Thursday.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib on Thursday.
Updated 18 April 2024
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Saudi FM receives phone call from Belgian counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib on Thursday.

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib on Thursday.

During the phone call, the two officials discussed  developments in the region, particularly developments in the Gaza Strip and efforts made in this regard.


ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program

ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program
Updated 18 April 2024
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ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program

ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program
  • New micro-credential courses open to all high-school graduates, undergraduates
  • Program includes Arabic, English, in-person, remote, long and short-term courses

RIYADH: A new museum studies program in Saudi Arabia has opened for registration, offering micro-credential and long-term courses.

It is the result of a partnership between ilmi, a center for science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and mathematics learning, and Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

ilmi — meaning “my knowledge” in Arabic — is a science and innovation center that aims to empower young people in Saudi Arabia.

A philanthropic NGO initiative created by Princess Sara bint Mashour bin Abdulaziz, wife of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ilmi is incubated, supported and funded by the Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, Misk, as a subsidiary, and operates in partnership with Mohammed bin Salman Nonprofit City.

The museum studies program includes micro-credential, diploma, minor and elective courses.

It is open to recent high-school graduates and university undergraduates keen to secure entry-level positions in museums, as well as professionals seeking new skill sets and career paths.

Created by ilmi and PNU experts from Saudi Arabia and around the world, the program offers a blend of online and in-person learning, alongside Arabic and English tuition options.

Micro-credential courses will blend online and in-person learning, and are available to applicants over the age of 18.

Courses include museum impact studies, museum education and awareness, an introduction to museum technologies, fundamentals of museum management and integrating digital technology.

Courses on offer for PNU students include an introduction to museums elective and specialist minors in museums and digital technology, exhibit design and content development.

A two-year diploma in museum management will also be available for both PNU students and recent high-school graduates.

Registration has opened for the first online micro-credential course starting this month: Fundamentals of museum management.

All further micro-credential courses will take place in May and June, with the diploma, minor and elective programs starting in September at the beginning of the academic year 2024/25.

Program graduates can also apply to work alongside ilmi experts as they design and launch unique, informal learning programs across the Kingdom.

For more information and registration, click here.


KSrelief, WFP to support malnutrition treatment in Yemen

KSrelief, WFP to support malnutrition treatment in Yemen
Updated 18 April 2024
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KSrelief, WFP to support malnutrition treatment in Yemen

KSrelief, WFP to support malnutrition treatment in Yemen
  • Allocation of $4.85 million to treat malnutrition in children aged under five as well as pregnant and lactating women in Yemen
  • Agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and KSrelief’s supervisor general, and WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain

PARIS: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center signed a joint cooperation agreement with the World Food Programme allocating $4.85 million to treat malnutrition in children aged under five as well as pregnant and lactating women in Yemen.

The signing took place on the sidelines of the International Conference for Sudan and Neighboring Countries, which was organized by France and the EU in Paris.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and KSrelief’s supervisor general, and WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain.

It aims to improve the nutritional situation for Yemen’s most impoverished people by providing supplements in targeted areas, benefiting 86,985 people.