MAKKAH — The Haramain High-Speed Railway, established at a total cost of SR60 billion, will create 2,000 jobs for men and women, according to a former executive of the project.

Bassam Ghulman, former project manager of Haramain Railway, said the train would take 131 minutes to reach Madinah from Makkah via Jeddah and Rabigh.

"The trip between Makkah and Jeddah will take 21 minutes, and between Jeddah and the King Abdulaziz International Airport 14 minutes. The trip between the airport and Rabigh will take 36 minutes and from Rabigh to Madinah it will take 60 minutes. It is estimated that the train will have a capacity to transport 12,000 passengers an hour between Makkah and Madinah," said Ghulman.