The Saudi Railways Company (SAR) was founded in 2006 by the Public Investments Fund (PIF) in order to implement a railway project linking the northern region with both the eastern and central regions of the Kingdom, including the operation and management of the project with the necessary competence in accordance with optimal economic operating parameters, through applying state-of-the-art global standards of performance and safety.
Railway projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia open up new prospects for business and massive investments in a variety of fields.
These projects are spread over various regions of the Kingdom and take several forms of inter-city passenger and cargo trains and in-city metro networks.
The Saudi Railways Company (SAR) has been commissioned with carrying out the bulk of these projects, particularly:
• Railway network of over 4,500 km in length
• Six passenger transport stations
• Nine cargo transport stations
• Three mineral transport stations
• 25 support buildings
• A fully integrated train maintenance city
Notwithstanding the recent establishment of the company and the magnitude of business it is handling, SAR has succeeded in operating one of the most important lines (Mining line), which currently operates two trains to transport phosphate and bauxite from Hazm Al-Jalamid and Albaeatha to the processing and export facilities of Ma’aden in Ras Al-Khair city on the Arabian Gulf. SAR is currently working on completing the remaining parts of its network to serve the industrial facilities in the Industrial City of Jubail and the city of Wa’d Alshamal.
At the level of passenger travel and public cargo, SAR’s target is to start commissioning during the second half of 2015 of a railway line running from the center of the kingdom to the far north, serving six administrative regions.