Two trains every hour between the holy cities

Updated 24 June 2016

Two trains every hour between the holy cities

MADINAH: Thirty-six trains would be running every day, two every hour between Makkah and Madinah, transporting on average 15,000 passengers.
Most parts of the multibillion high-speed Haramain railway line will be completed this year.
There are major stations in each of these cities including Jeddah, supported by bus stops and footpaths. The train station in Madinah contains world-class facilities.
Currently, tests are being conducted on the lines. The main train station is 9 km from the Prophet’s Mosque and 13 km from Madinah’s airport.
The main building includes a lounge for visitors, VIP lounge, mosque that can accommodate about 1,000 worshippers, center for Civil Defense, helipad, sidewalks for passengers waiting, and car park with a capacity of about 1,000 vehicles for short periods and of about 690 cars for long periods.
The main building has 19 elevators for travelers and staff, and a tunnel that links King Abdul Aziz Road and the station, in addition to elevators in the car parks and at the mosque.
It will have 12 electric escalators that link the ground floor, second floor and the third floor. It will also have a stairway inside the main building, parking lots, subway and a civil defense building.
Air conditioning systems are spread out in all the station buildings and facilities. All project facilities are covered with 417 surveillance cameras, in addition to a safety system.


Saudi center for disease prevention signs agreement with Swedish agency

Updated 16 December 2019

Saudi center for disease prevention signs agreement with Swedish agency

  • The two parties agreed to promote and develop public health initiatives of common concern

RIYADH: The National Center for Disease Prevention and Control has signed a cooperation agreement with the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

The agreement will strengthen ties and enhance cooperation between the two countries in public health within the framework of cooperation prepared in 2019.

On behalf of the center, Dr. Abdullah Al-Gwizani, executive director-general, signed the agreement with his Swedish counterpart, Dr. Johan Carlsson.

The two parties agreed to promote and develop public health initiatives of common concern, as well as outlining the fields of work covered.

These fields included the workforce, organizational development, institutional strategy, business planning, specialized microbiology laboratories, health economics, non-communicable disease prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles, the monitoring of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health improvement.

Dr. Al-Gwizani said that the agreement would last for five years. It would then be reviewed and renewed after the agreement of both parties.

“These agreements reinforce the center’s role in creating new health practices and developing the performance of the public health sector,” he said. “Benefiting from well-established organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Sweden confirms our eagerness to convey the best practices to the public health sector locally, as well as exchanging experiences.”