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Haj official urges rethink on Makkah monorail fares

Haj committee chairman says rumoured SR250 fare is too high for pilgrims to pay.

Haj official urges rethink on Makkah monorail fares
TRANSPORT PLAN: for the many pilgrims visiting the holy cities in Saudi Arabia. (Getty Images)

A leading Haj official has urged Saudi authorities to reduce the proposed costs of the Makkah monorail project, which has reportedly been set at SR250.

“The proposed fare of SR250 to be paid by each pilgrim using the railway is very high. It should be reduced to SR90,” said Abdul Qader Al-Jabarti, chairman of the Haj Committee said in comments published by Arab News on Monday.

He told the paper the proposed fare would increase the expenditures of Haj companies by five percent.

Al-Jabarti said the first phase of the rail project would be ready before the Haj this year.

He told the paper more than 150,000 pilgrims from Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries would use the facility during the first phase.

Work on the project began two years ago in the southern parts of the holy sites.

The first phase will connect the holy sites of Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina. This will reduce the traffic congestion, specially on the day of Arafat.

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Kim Pedersen 9 years ago

Hello, the Makkah rail system is NOT a monorail. Thank you for your time. Kim Pedersen President/Founder The Monorail Society http://www.monorails.org

Faisal 9 years ago

Hi, Its actually a "Metro" based on Dubai Metro System. It will be called "Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro". First line is called "Southern Line". It runs from Arafat to Jamarat. There are 9 Stations. There will be 17 Trains with 12 Carriages per Train. Each Train is able to carry upto 4900 passengers. There are further 3 lines are planned for Makkah, which will connect all 4 corners of Makkah. There will also be High speed rail link between Makkah and Medina, which will also connect to this metro system.