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$5.4bn earmarked for Makkah metro

Rail network will cover all parts of holy city, aims to solve transport issues

$5.4bn earmarked for Makkah metro
The metro network will cover all parts of Saudi Arabia’s holiest city and is intended to ease transport to the city centre and the Grand Mosque. (Getty Images)

The execution of the first phase of a metro network in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Makkah has been allocated SAR20bn ($5.4bn), it was announced.

"Work is currently going on in the blueprint of the project. Six months after that we will start signing contracts for the execution of the project," Mayor Osama Al-Bar told Saudi business daily Al-Eqtisadiah.

The metro network will cover all parts of Saudi Arabia’s holiest city and is intended to ease transport to the city centre and the Grand Mosque.

Al-Bar anticipates that Makkah could attract more than SAR200bn worth of investment in the coming two years.

He said governments and private development projects worth about SAR100bn were currently being implemented.

"Makkah is a safe haven for investment," he added.

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