Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Line (MMMP)

The Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Line (MMMP) is part of the Makkah (Mecca) Metro in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Line is an 18.1 kilometer line built to link the holy cities of Mecca, Arafat, Muzdalifa and Mina. The line was launched in November 2010 and turned to be fully operational in November 2011.

The Mecca monorail project was one of numerous procedures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to extend its railway network to cover the transportation needs of its soaring population of 25 million and develop an antiquated logistics infrastructure.

The line offers transportation for nearly 3.5 million pilgrims who go to Mecca every year to do Hajj. The number is expected to raise to five million pilgrims in the coming years.

The first stage of the project was finished in 2010. More than 10,000 workers were employed to work on that project during the previous sixteen months, and more than 12,000 buses were removed from Makkah after the rail project resulting in less traffic jams and overcrowding problems. The railway lines extend 18.5 kilometers, through 9 railway stations, and a zone for parking. The train lines go through Mina, Muzdalifah, and Arafat, and five trains can transmit 72,000 pilgrims one way per hour.

 

The Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Line (MMMP) cost 1.7 billion dollars which equals 6.3 billion Saudi Real, and it is constructed by China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC). The project contains the first contract in the Kingdom covering design, supply, construction, operation and maintenance.

 

The Chinese contractor has mentioned that 30,000 job opportunities have been offered to Saudi youth, in addition to training and skills development programs for the heads and managers.

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