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Saudi Arabian authorities have launched a tender process to develop a new metro transit system in the capital Riyadh. In a notice on the Arriyadh Development Authority’s website, “global consortia” were invited to bid to provide infrastructure including rolling stock and telecommunications, as well as tunnelling, civil, mechanical and electrical works.
The Saudi Binladin Group won a contract to build a rail line linking the Haramain train route with a metro in Mecca
Drilling work for Qatar’s Doha Metro will start at the beginning of 2013, Saad Al Mohannadi, Qatar Railway Development Co.’s chief executive officer said.
QATAR Railways Company (QRC) will issue the first request for proposals for the country's $US 40bn rail network in the first week of April. Four tunnelling contracts for the first phase of the Doha Metro, each worth $US 2-3bn, will be launched with winners set to be announced in October.
His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board & Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has recently received H.E. Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building & Urban Development, and H.E.
Saudi Arabia's new metro system will ease traffic congestion during the annual Haj pilgrimage, a top official has said. The Haramain High Speed Rail project, which is under construction, will be a 449.2km high-speed inter-city system linking Madinah and Makkah. Each year three million to four million pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the Haj.
The GCC has US$142 billion worth of road and bridge projects underway, or in the planning stages, according to figures released by market analysts Ventures Middle East; Saudi Arabia accounts for a third of this amount. Railway projects, including rail, metro, tram, and stations are valued at US$79 billion, this includes the US$30 billion GCC rail network.
The Saudi Gazette reported that the Makkah Construction Project includes 4 metro lines and 182 kilometers train system with 88 stations that will link Makkah districts to the Grand Mosque. Makkah Mayor Dr Osama Fadl Al Bar expects that Makkah train which will be linked to the Holy Sites Train will be operational two years after work begins on the project.