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Saudi transport ministry launches Jeddah metro

Saudi Arabia yesterday unveiled plans for a Metro system in Jeddah, just as construction work begins on the equivalent network system in the capital. The Metro will consist of three lines: one will connect the Old Makkah Road to Sari Road; one will run along Prince Majed Street from King Abdul Aziz International Airport to the site of the old airport, and a third along Palestine Road.

$1.8bn Saudi Metro on line for Haj launch

About 2.5 million Muslims descend on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the Haj each year. The scale of the event and the challenge in moving the participants from site to site has in the past led to deaths caused by overcrowding. It is hoped the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro, which runs for about 17km and links the sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah, will help solve the safety and transport problems.