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After a break of 2 years, Saudi Arabia returns the holy sites train to the tracks

After a break of 2 years, Saudi Arabia returns the holy sites train to the tracks

After a two-year hiatus, the Holy Sites train returned to, transport 350,000 pilgrims from Mash’ar Arafat to Mina, passing through Muzdalifah, through 9 stations, and 17 trains containing 204 vehicles.

The Mashaer Train Project is one of the most important transportation pillars in the Holy Sites, which is being developed continuously

 The Kingdom seeks to raise the capacity to 5 million pilgrims in 2030, in addition to making a qualitative leap in the experience of the pilgrimage.

The implementation of the project began in 2008 through the Chinese Company for the Construction of Saudi Railways Ltd., at a total cost of 6.65 billion riyals.

 It was opened in November 2010, and it accommodates 72,000 passengers per hour and employs more than 7,000 employees.

Its services start from the 7th of Dhu al-Hijjah until the end of the days of al-Tashreeq. It aims to transport the pilgrims through  multiple paths in the holy sites (Arafat, Muzdalifah, and Mina)

The implementation of the project came intending to reduce traffic congestion, facilitate transportation in a fast manner, in addition to ensuring the safety of the environment

 50,000 vehicles and buses were cut off from entering the holy sites, in addition to providing ground spaces that helped build new tents to accommodate the increasing number of pilgrims.

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