Saudi transport authority gets update on Haramain railway

A view of the Haramain Railway station in Jeddah. (SPA file photo)
Updated 19 April 2019

Saudi transport authority gets update on Haramain railway

RIYADH: The Haramain High-Speed Railway linking Makkah and Madinah, and its strategic role in developing the Saudi transport industry was discussed during the monthly meeting of the Public Transport Authority at its headquarters in Riyadh.
Rayan Al-Harbi, the director general of operations and maintenance for the railway, which began operating a little over six months ago, discussed the main features of the megaproject, which is the largest of its kind in the region and the sixth-largest in the world, and how it helps to promote the transport industry in the Kingdom.
He also talked about the strategic locations chosen for the five stations served by the railway, in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh. The Jeddah station is the biggest of its kind in the world, which gives the project additional value through the state-of-the-art services it provides to travelers.
Al-Harbi praised the use of technology in the railway’s operational processes and electronic services, including online reservations. The huge national project relies on a highly qualified national workforce, and many important jobs have been Saudized, he noted, from work teams and leaders to maintenance and operations staff.
He said the project is one of the largest rapid-transport projects in the world in terms of infrastructure. It includes six giant power generators and a large number of bridges that are specially designed to be safe and secure in case of sand drift or floods.
More than 700 trips have been completed and more than 300,000 passengers have traveled on the Haramain railway since it was officially opened by King Salman in Sep. 2018. It is expected to carry up to 60 million passengers a year.

DiplomaticQuarter: Dutch envoy, Saudi minister discuss ways to spread a message of harmony

Updated 7 min 59 sec ago

DiplomaticQuarter: Dutch envoy, Saudi minister discuss ways to spread a message of harmony

RIYADH: Netherlands Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joost Reintjes called on Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh this week.

The two men discussed inter-faith dialogue and the best ways to spread a message of peaceful coexistence, among other matters of mutual interest.

The Saudi Press Agency reported that Al-Asheikh “affirmed that the Kingdom has contributed (to) spreading the principles of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among people and followers of various religions, emanating from the teachings of Islam, which are based on moderation and rejecting extremism.”

The Dutch ambassador reportedly expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s efforts to enhance dialogue between followers of different religions, cultures and civilizations around the world.

Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands have a long history of good relations. Speaking at last year’s National Day celebrations, Reintjes said, “Both countries have benefited from strong historical ties over the years.”

Highlighting success stories and cooperation between the two countries in various sectors, he added, “We hope to strengthen these relations in the future.”

Bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia can be traced as far back as the 17th century, but were formalized with the opening of a Dutch consulate in Jeddah, which was eventually upgraded to an embassy and moved to Riyadh in 1985.