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Deutsche Bahn supports the rapid growth of the railway network in Saudi Arabia [Railway]

Railway transport is growing rapidly on the Arabian Pen-insula. The members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are investing heavily in railway infrastructure and are planning services between Oman, Sau-di Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.

"We have concrete plans to expand our rail network from 3,000 to 22,000 kilo-meters. This is one of the biggest investments in rail infrastructure. Saudi Arabia is looking to intensify its economic relationship with Germany, with whom a reli-able partnership has been existing since 70 years. We value the technical ex-pertise and high level of quality of Deutsche Bahn and view it as important to continue our collaborative partnership," remarked His Excellency Dr. Alawwad, Ambassador-designate from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a meeting with DB CEO Dr. Rüdiger Grube in Berlin. "Saudi Arabia has consistently put its fo-cus on rail and we are delighted to be the preferred partner in implementing this project," said Grube.

The largest projects in the region are currently underway in Saudi Arabia, where DB International, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, has been a key partner for the Saudi Arabian railways for many years. The first high-speed connection on the Arabian Peninsula is currently under construction in Saudi Arabia. "We were commissioned to carry out design review for the track superstructure, electro-mechanical engineering, construction supervision, monitoring of vehicle produc-tion and project management in September 2013," explained Niko Warbanoff, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of DB International.

The double-track electrified high-speed line is 450 kilometers long and offers fast, comfortable and reliable service between Jeddah and the holy sites of Mecca and Medina. The maximum speed on the route will be 320 kilometers per hour.

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