Gallery: Saudi's Haramain high-speed railway stations

British firm Foster + Partners has completed four major stations in Saudi Arabian cities of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) that have been connected by the 450-kilometre Haramain high-speed rail line.
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Saudi Arabian cities of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) have been linked by the four stations.
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The stations are designed to serve up to 20,000 passengers per hour at their peak.
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The stations are designed to accommodate the growing passenger demand, from an initially anticipated 60 million to 135 million passengers per year.
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The stations are built using a modular approach, with design elements that are common to all stations along the route.
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The vaults in each station are of a different colour, responding to the identity of the different cities.
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The vaulted roof and walls contain small openings that draw beams of daylight down to the concourse level, carefully controlling the intense glare from the sun and creating a calm, atmospheric and well-lit environment.
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The station buildings are designed based on principles of felt temperature reduction – from outside the station to the platform.
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Designed by Foster + Partners – as well as the developments surrounding the stations.

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