Mecca mayor says no delays on pilgrimage expansion projects

Construction projects to expand capacity at Mecca's Grand Mosque and other Islamic holy sites will be completed in about three years, enabling Saudi Arabia...

Abu Dhabi expands paid parking areas

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the upcoming implementation of Mawaqif parking management in three new sectors in Al Jazira and Abu Dhabi Police Area. Sectors “E22, 23, 24 & W24”, managing 1,691 parking spaces in the area starting from Sunday, July 8, 2012.

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...

Timetable in place for Abu Dhabi transport plan

The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) has revealed a provisional timetable by which its surface transport master plan will be implemented. Under the timetable,...

Can Abu Dhabi be a pedestrian city?

Wide, sweeping boulevards with shaded walkways, express traffic lanes and dedicated car, bus and taxi lanes are all part of a bold vision to...

4G Speed in Arab Countries

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Jeddah transport plan approved

Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al Faisal said that 30% of the designs have been completed by the Transport Ministry, and the Makkah mayoralty would complete the rest. A company (owned by Jeddah Development & Urban Regeneration Company) will be established to implement the plan.

Abu Dhabi metro trains to start operation by 2016, trams by 2014

Abu Dhabi: Metro trains will start running here by 2016 and trams are slated for 2014, officials have said. Abdullah Rashid Al Otaiba, Director of...

Confusion over $16.5bn Makkah Metro project delays

A $16.5 billion metro railway project planned for Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah has been delayed so that its financing can be restructured,...
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