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Makkah rail to start at end of year
The railway project connecting the first such forum, at the Jeddah become an industrial port with the
Makkah with Jeddah and Madinah is Hilton last month. More than 1,200 completion of the latest container
set to commence by the end of the national and international delegates
year, Transport Minister Jabara Al- are participating in the forum
Seraisry said last month. organized by the Jeddah Chamber
Speaking to press journalists on the of Commerce and Industry (JCCI),
sidelines of the Saudi International with some leading experts giving
Ports & Maritime Transport Forum, presentations. A number of shipping
which ends today, Al-Seraisry said: companies and agencies are taking
“Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques part in an exhibition alongside the
King Abdullah is greatly interested forum.
in the project, which aims at easing Speaking on the Land Bridge
the heavy traffic between the two project to connect Jeddah and
holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, Riyadh, Seraisry said he expected
particularly over the Haj and Ramadan the formalities related to its
seasons.” construction contract to be completed terminal at a cost of SR1.5 billion.”
The Makkah-Madinah Rail Link in a couple of months. JCCI Chairman Saleh Al-Turki
Project, which covers a distance of The minister hoped that the said in his welcome address at the
500 km at an estimated cost of SR20 completion of the land bridge would inauguration that the forum was
billion, will be executed next year and boost the importance of the Jeddah designed to essentially focus on the
will open for service soon thereafter, Islamic Port (JIP), which is one of the environmental issues confronting the
he added. Custodian of the Two Holy best-equipped ports in the world. The maritime industry. It will also provide a
Mosques King Abdullah approved the minister said: “The rapid economic global overview of the industry, and the
high-speed electrified railway network development in the Kingdom has present status and future prospects
in February this year. made it imperative to focus our of Saudi ports, as well as addressing
Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal ibn attention to the development of sea the challenges facing the Kingdom’s
Majed opened the three-day event, ports. The Jeddah Islamic Port has maritime and ports industry.
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