Princess Nora bin Abdulraham University railway network will be staffed by 55 women - report
A new metro network in Saudi Arabia is to be entirely operated by female staff, according to a news report in the kingdom.
The rail system, located within the confines of the Princess Nora bin Abdulraham University in Riyadh, is due to begin running in September, English-language Arab News reported.
The project is being administered by the Saudi Railway Company and cost around $150m, the newspaper said, quoting a senior executive at one of the providers involved in the network.
While the rail system is driverless, it will be operated by a team of 55 women trained in Denmark, said Eduardo La Ficara, commercial manager at Ansaldo STS, which provides automation technology for railways.
Saudi Arabia currently has investments totalling $31bn in its rail sector, with plans for metro systems in Riyadh and Jeddah. The country also plans to link up its railway system with a wider GCC rail network.