Holy Mecca goes green soon by virtue of solar-generated electricity

The Saudi daily newspaper (Al-Medina) quoted today the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Developing Municipal Investments in the Sacred Capital as saying that "the Secretariat has announced the solar energy project tender and invited pre-qualified bidders and that twenty companies have been excluded due to very rigorous world-class specifications included in the Tender Specifications Book and that two multinational conglomerates have been awarded the tender to implement the service.

SR100bn Makkah project ‘must be finished on time’

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal yesterday urged all parties involved in the implementation of the SR100 billion Makkah development project, including contractors, to finish the job without delay. "You have to work with the spirit of a single team while coordinating activities related to design and implementation in order to complete the project on schedule," the governor told government officials.

mamemo productions: DOT STMP 2030 Launch

Inspired by the vastness of the desert, mamemo productions created a stunning launch event of the Abu Dhabi Department of Transports ambitious Surface Transport Master Plan. The entire venue was washed in white, from the floor-to-ceiling curtains, the acrylic flooring and the sleek furnishings.

A trip to Abu Dhabi is like the Arabian version of City Slickers: Deluxe...

With its camel treks, sunset walks, extravagant hotels and Ferrari World - the world's largest indoor theme park - Abu Dhabi, the opulent capital of the United Arab Emirates, might just be the best stopover destination in the world. Billions have been spent on audacious skyscrapers and extravagant hotels, as well as infrastructure and education, in a state where the average adult is three times wealthier than a decade ago.

GCC infrastructure projects now worth US$119.6 billion

“In the UAE capital, there are plans for a US$7 billion 131 kilometre monorail track, most of which will be underground. Further funds are budgeted for a high-speed rail link with Dubai, freight rail corridor and new roads all scheduled for completion within the next five years,” said Pavitt.

IMF cuts Saudi Arabia’s growth forecast on lower oil output

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday lowered its growth outlook for Saudi Arabia on back of lower oil production and capital spending. In its...

Saudi Arabia plans final tests for Riyadh Metro, Jeddah fast train

Final tests are taking place for the $22.5 billion Riyadh Metro now that the first phase has been completed, according to local media. Meanwhile, Saudi...

Automobiles and the challenge of rail

Anyone walking around the motor show at the Riyadh Exhibition Center, which ends today, will have been struck by the sheer range of vehicles on offer. While more modest family sedans were represented, it was the top-end machines that will have caught the attention of visitors, even of those who, in truth, can only afford a modest family car.

Saudi Arabia preparing to receive 2.6 mln pilgrims

The Saudi government is set to take measures to receive more pilgrims, said the country’s Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel Al-Turaifi, APA...
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Automobiles and the challenge of rail

Anyone walking around the motor show at the Riyadh Exhibition Center, which ends today, will have been struck by the sheer range of vehicles on offer. While more modest family sedans were represented, it was the top-end machines that will have caught the attention of visitors, even of those who, in truth, can only afford a modest family car.

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Makkah crane crash operators lacked basic skills

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DOT primed to put metro up for tender

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