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Al Madinah Region Development Authority Launches 200 Modern Buses for Ramadan 
Al Madinah Region Development Authority Launches 200 Modern Buses for Ramadan

The Madinah Region Development Authority has announced that a fleet of 200 modern buses will serve pilgrims traveling to Al Masjid An Nabawi and Masjid Quba in the Blessed City of Al Madinah this Ramadan.

The buses will serve a total of 98 different locations throughout Madinah, aiming to reduce congestion around The Prophet’s Mosque.

The Ramadan service is expected to start on 11th March and operate from 3 pm until 1 hour after the  Taraweh Prayers. 

The Madinah bus project follows on from the successful launch of the Makkah bus project, which is now one of the most widely used public transport services in the Middle East.

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Madinah Bus Project

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The Madinah Bus project is a significant leap forward in the region’s transportation services. With a fleet of nearly 200 modern buses, the initiative is set to transport individuals to key religious sites in Madinah, such as the Prophet’s Mosque and Quba Mosque. 

This service targets those who wish to partake in the holy month’s activities, including Taraweeh prayer, Qiyam Al-Layl prayers during the last 10 days of Ramadan. 

Madinah Bus Stations

The buses will operate along seven designated tracks, ensuring timely transportation to and from the Al-Masjid An Nabwi and Quba Mosque. The service is planned to commence at 3:00 p.m. every day and will continue until one hour after the Taraweeh prayer. 

The infrastructure set up for the Madinah Buses project is impressive, with seven tracks and 98 stations designed to provide efficient and widespread coverage.

Madinah Bus Pick-Up Locations

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Key pick-up locations include the Sports Stadium, Durrat Al-Madinah, Sayed Alshuhda’, the Islamic University, AlKhaldiha Neighborhood, and Bani Harithah. This expansive network ensures that pilgrims can easily access transportation services, regardless of their location in the city.

This Ramadan pilgrims can explore the Best Places to Visit in Madinah and find a large number of high-quality Madinah Hotels and Madinah Restaurants offering special packages and Iftars for pilgrims

A Timely Initiative for Ramadan

With astronomical calculations predicting the start of Ramadan on March 11th 2024, the launch of the Madinah Buses project is indeed timely. The services are poised to begin operations in coordination with the commencement of the holy month, determined by traditional moon-sighting methods. 

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During the last ten days of Ramadan, a period marked by heightened religious devotion, the operating hours will be extended to accommodate the increased influx of pilgrims.

The project’s readiness is a testament to the well-coordinated efforts of the authorities to enhance the spiritual and physical well-being of both residents and visitors to Madinah during this sacred time.

Madinah Buses: Sustainable Urban Development

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The Madinah Buses project is not just about providing transportation services. It embodies a broader vision for sustainable urban development, strongly focusing on reducing gas emissions and promoting pedestrian-friendly zones around key religious sites. 

By doing so, the initiative contributes to the broader goals of environmental sustainability and improved urban mobility, enhancing the quality of life for all residents and visitors in Madinah.

A Testament to Thoughtful Planning

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The Madinah Buses project is a clear testament to thoughtful planning and integration of religious observance, environmental stewardship, and urban planning. As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, the anticipation for a smoother, more accessible pilgrimage experience is palpable. 

This initiative reflects the enduring commitment to hospitality and care for the millions who journey to these sacred sites yearly.

Transforming Saudi’s Transportation Landscape

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The launch of the Madinah Buses project is a significant milestone in enhancing the urban transportation landscape in Madinah. 

The initiative is expected to greatly improve the commuting experience for Ramadan visitors while also contributing to the broader goals of environmental sustainability and urban well-being. 

With the holy month of Ramadan fast approaching, the city of Madinah is well-prepared to welcome and serve the influx of pilgrims with its fleet of modern buses.

The Makkah Bus Project

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The Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites (RCMC) has officially commenced the much-anticipated Makkah Bus Project. 

The project introduced paid integrated services with the slogan “Ma’an A’ala Al-Darb,” which translates to “Together on the Road.” The slogan signifies the shared journey of the residents and visitors of Makkah toward a more convenient and efficient public transportation system.

The trial phase of the Makkah Bus Project, initiated in February 2022 and concluded on October 2023, has proven to be a triumph. The operation involved a fleet of 400 buses, over 800 drivers, and served commuters through 438 stations. 

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Catering to both the residents and visitors of Makkah, it encompassed 12 routes, spanning over 560 km. During the trial phase, the Makkah Buses have been in service along routes 3, 10, and 11. 

These routes aim to connect the central vicinity near the Grand Mosque with various crucial locations in Makkah, including the neighborhoods of Al-Shuhada, Al-Kakiyyah, and Ju’ranah.

The project aims to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in Makkah by providing safe, fast, cheap, with tickets starting at just 4 SAR and organized buses on less crowded roads.  

More Madinah Projects

Rua Al Madinah

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The Rua Al Madinah project, launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in August 2022, spans 1.5 million square meters, with 63 percent dedicated to open and green spaces, the project will offers 47,000 hotel rooms.

This project is expected to contribute $37.3 million (SAR140 million) to the Kingdom’s gross domestic product upon completion. 

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Moreover, it is expected to create 93,000 direct and indirect job opportunities, allowing recruitment throughout the construction and development phase until 2030.

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From luxury accommodations to world-class restaurants and entertainment options, Rua Al Madinah project aim to redefine hospitality standards, marking a benchmark for excellence in the industry.

Seven’s Entertainment Destination

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Saudi Entertainment Ventures Seven has revealed its plans to build a 1.3 Billion Riyal entertainment destination in Al Madinah. This new destination will be a hub of fun, excitement, and top-notch attractions, aiming to enhance the lives of the city’s inhabitants. 

The project is due to cover an area of over 100,000 square meters, with a built-up area of 84,000 square meters. The park will feature beautiful paths seamlessly blending with the planned open paths and gardens in the destination.

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