The train can travel at more than 300 km/h and will travel between Makkah and Madinah
7 May 2018| Last updated on 8 May 2018
The fastest train in the Middle East will start operations in September in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia according to Saudi Transport Minister Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi. The Haramain train is the first high-speed electric train travelling between Makkah and Madinah. The main line is 450 km long and will travel through King Abdullah Economic City, with a branch line to the new King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah.
This is considered as the fastest electric train in the Middle East being able to reach speeds of higher than 300 kilometres per hour.
Along with the Makkah-Madinah railway, the Kingdom is also busy with a new airport in Jeddah that will begin operations in May. King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) will initially only have limited domestic flights but is expected to be fully operational within the first three months of 2019. The airport will have 46 gates with a capacity to accommodate 30 million passengers a year.
An additional 12 domestic airports are also planned to be opened.