Saudi King attends opening of high-speed Haramain Rail
The rail network can reach speeds of up to 300km/h and will cut the time it takes to travel between Makkah and Madinahadinah.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has officially opened the 450km Haramain High-Speed Rail that will connect the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
The first-ever high-speed rail network in the region, which will carry up to 60 million passengers per year, was inaugurated in Jeddah on 25 September.
Haramain High-Speed Rail's main purpose is to improve transport for pilgrims travelling between Makkah and Madinah, a journey that can take up to five hours by car. The rail system can reach speeds of up to 300km/h, which will significantly reduce the time it takes to travel between the two cities.
As well as connecting Makkah and Madinah, Haramain High-Speed Rail will stop at King Abdullah Economic City, King Abdulaziz International Airport, and Jeddah Downtown.
It is one of the most important transport projects launched by Saudi Arabia under its Vision 2030 strategy for economic growth.