Makkah monorail "still in planning stages"

System proposed to cut traffic and whisk worshippers around holy city

The 6km monorail system in Las Vegas runs between the MGM Grand and the Sahara Hotel. Photo: Getty, for illustrative purposes only.
The 6km monorail system in Las Vegas runs between the MGM Grand and the Sahara Hotel. Photo: Getty, for illustrative purposes only.

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A monorail in Makkah would help cut traffic congestion and make travelling around the city safer for pilgrims, according to a report by a senior member of the city’s Umm Al-Qura University.

Adnan Gutub, director of the Center of Research Excellence in Haj and Umrah, at Makkah's Umm Al-Qura University, has conducted studies in to possibility of constructing a monorail system in the city to help transport pilgrims and worshippers to the Grand Mosque in the heart of the city.

“We have proposed this project as part of our efforts to introduce advanced and safe transport systems in Makkah," he told Saudi newspaper Arab News.

Gutub didn’t announce any details of the project because the idea is still in its infancy, but it is envisaged the system would link in with the new Mashair Railway, or Mecca Metro system, that links the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah and which opened during Hajj this year.

Links with the Haramain railway would also open the system up for a broad range of travellers. Work on the Haramain Railway, linking Jeddah, Madinah and Mecca is progressing well and, according to the latest reports, the high-speed link will be operational by 2013.


 

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