Mecca metro project delayed by financial restructuring, says CEO

May 25, 2016 12:16 pm

An aerial view of the Grand Mosque is seen on the second day of Eid al-Adha, during the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. (Image: Reuters)

The light rail system planned for Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca has been delayed so that the project’s financing can be restructured, the head of the implementing body said on Wednesday.


“The reason for the delay is some restructuring financially,” Ali Abdelfattah, chief executive designate of Mecca Mass Rail Transit, told a conference in Dubai.


There was no indication for how long the project would be delayed, but Abdelfattah added that the project was a top priority for the Saudi government.


The planned metro system in Mecca would have 182 kilometres (114 miles) of track and 88 stations. It was due to be built over six phases lasting around 20 years.


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