King Abdullah orders financing for Makkah-Madinah rail link

February 20, 2008

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has ordered that the construction of the Makkah-Madinah rail link project be financed by Saudi specialized funds. The move is expected to speed up implementation of the project.

The Makkah-Madinah rail link project is a high-speed passenger rail line that will connect the two cities via Jeddah. The 310-mile line will include five stations, two each in Makkah and Jeddah and one in Madinah. Once completed, the railway is expected to facilitate travel for pilgrims and positively impact the region’s economy.