Underground tunnel to link holy sites, ease movement

Updated 29 October 2012

Underground tunnel to link holy sites, ease movement

An underground tunnel connecting Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah will be constructed soon for the passage of ambulance vans as well as supply, service and cleaning vehicles, Makkah Mayor Dr. Osama Al-Bar said yesterday.
“Experts at Makkah and Holy Sites Development Authority are giving final touches to the project to implement it within a few months,” he said.
He pointed out that the Jamrat station of Mashair Railway would be part of the Makkah Metro network, adding that the SR 62 billion metro project would be implemented in the beginning of next year.
Al-Bar said that the metro network would cover 182 km when the four lines are completed in 10 years. The first stage is due to be ready in three years and will cover 122 km, he said.
Speaking about the tunnel project, he said that it is part of a plan for the comprehensive development of the holy sites. Higher authorities have already approved the tunnel project, adding that it would facilitate quick movement of service vehicles without any obstructions.
He said the cleaners and environment health protection teams would remain in Mina for the next two days. “The presence of a large number of undocumented pilgrims, squatting in public places, had a negative impact on our services,” the mayor said.


All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.