SR 45 bn Jeddah transport system to redefine mobility

Updated 13 March 2013

SR 45 bn Jeddah transport system to redefine mobility

JEDDAH: A massive public transport system covering roads, railways and seaways will be implemented in Jeddah within seven years. The Cabinet yesterday approved the SR 45 billion project that will bring about a dramatic improvement in people’s mobility.
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for sanctioning the project. “I would like to congratulate the people of Jeddah for this project that will contribute to its development and reduce traffic bottlenecks,” he said.
A high-level committee, chaired by Prince Khaled, will supervise implementation of the project, which includes tram systems, bus transport network, marine transport, a trolley transport system for the Corniche, a big public transport station and a suspended bridge in Obhur.
The Transport Ministry has completed 30 percent of the project’s designs, the governor said, adding that Jeddah Mayoralty would prepare the remaining designs. A company would be established to implement the project as quickly as possible.
There will be three tram systems. The 67-km Orange Line with 22 stations will start from Makkah Road, pass by the city center and end at Obhur. It will branch out to east via Sari Street.
The 24-km Blue Line with 17 stations will start from King Abdulaziz Airport and end at Haramain Railway Station. The 17-km Green Line with seven stations will start from the Corniche, pass by Palestine Street and Old Airport to reach Haramain Railway.
“There will be 208 carriages in the three tram systems,” said Jeddah Mayor Dr. Hani Aburas, adding that the project would cost SR 45 billion. The new road transport system will have 816 buses with 2,950 stations covering a total area of 750 km.
The marine transport system will have 10 stations.
The Cabinet had earlier approved similar projects for Riyadh and Makkah involving huge capital investments.
“This is great news for Jeddawis,” said Ahmed Al-Sheikah, a member of the National Industrial Committee. He called for expanding the railway system to the industrial city to facilitate transport of workers and products.
“We should also expand the marine transport system to connect Jeddah, Rabigh, Qunfuda, Al-Laith, Tuwal, and other coastal cities,” he told Arab News.


Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

Updated 09 December 2019

Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

  • The index ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking

RIYADH: The UN e-commerce index ranked Saudi Arabia among the top 10 countries in the e-commerce sector. 

The index, issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking, rising three places in the general index.

The report indicated that the improvement achieved by the Kingdom came from two criteria: The proportion of Internet use — which has risen to 93 percent — and the rising postal reliability standard.

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha said that this achievement came as a result of unlimited support from the leadership.

He added that the ministry works with partners to develop the Kingdom’s digital capabilities to invest in the growth of future projects in order to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans.