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Deutsche Bahn expands rail links with Saudi Arabia

BERLIN: December 02, 2015. Saudi Arabia says it plans to expand its rail network from 3,000 to 22,000 kilometers as it intensifies a 70-year relationship with Germany and cooperation with Deutsche Bahn (DB).

A member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, current Saudi rail investments including developing links to Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.

"We value the technical expertise and high level of quality of Deutsche Bahn and view it important to continue our collaborative partnership," said Dr. Alawwad, Saudi Arabia ambassador-designate, during a meeting with DB CEO Rüdiger Grube in Berlin. "Saudi Arabia has consistently put its focus on rail and we are delighted to be the preferred partner in implementing this project," added Grube.

Saudi Arabia's first high-speed connection is currently under construction in partnership with DB International. The double-track electrified high-speed line is 450 kilometers long and will connect Jeddah, Mecca and Medina. The maximum speed on the route will be 320 kilometers per hour.

"We were commissioned to carry out design review for the track superstructure, electro-mechanical engineering, construction supervision, monitoring of vehicle production and project management in September 2013," explained Niko Warbanoff, chairman of the board of managing directors of DB International.

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