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.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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