Saudi Arabia: 32 Women Qualify To Drive Haramain Express Train
As many as 32 women have been qualified by the Saudi Railway Company, which operates Saudi Arabia’s rail network, to be drivers on the Haramain Express Train Leaders Program.
According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), these women started work after getting theoretical and practical training from experts at the Saudi Technical Institute for Railways over a period of 12 months.
Women expressed happiness and pride in this achievement. SPA reported Tharaa Ali Al-Zahrani saying, “Since the polytechnic announced job opportunities last January, I applied for work. Later on, the personal interview and test took place, and I was accepted as one of the first batches of Saudi female train conductors.” She revealed that women were trained practically on the safety and security systems of the train.
Rotella Yasser Najjar also expressed happiness. She said that this opportunity enabled Saudi women to work in various locations to serve the country. She lauded the Haramain Train project and the Haramain Express Train. The train reportedly serves Hajj and Umrah pilgrims as well as visitors to the Grand Mosque in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
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Raneem Talal Azouz said that she had a sense of responsibility while working as a train conductor. She praised the role of the institute in qualifying Saudi women to work in this field in a healthy work environment.
She said that it was an honour for her to serve pilgrims and visitors of the holy city. She said that she was motivated to work on the Haramain train.
The Haramain High-Speed Railway is a Mecca–Medina high-speed railway. It is a 453-kilometre-long high-speed rail line in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The train was inaugurated and opened for visitors in 2018. The train helped to relieve traffic congestion on the roads. In 2021, the first trip to Medina was launched for pilgrims.