Credit By: Khaleej Times
Saudi Arabia unveiled its plan to introduce the ‘Dream of the Desert’ train service on Saturday, January 27, marking a significant development in the region’s transportation sector. The collaboration between Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR) and the Italian Arsenale Group aims to offer a unique luxury travel experience within the kingdom.
Partnership for Luxury Travel
The ‘Dream of the Desert’ train, featuring 40 luxurious cabins, is set to redefine luxury travel in the Middle East and North Africa region. SAR’s partnership with the Arsenale Group, renowned for its expertise in managing luxurious train journeys, signals a strategic move to enhance the kingdom’s transportation options.
Schedule and Operations
Bookings for the 40-cabin luxury train are expected to open by the end of 2024, with operations slated to commence in the fourth quarter of 2025. The inaugural trips will originate from the North Train Station in Riyadh, traverse through Hail, and conclude at the Al Qurayyat train station.
Engineer Saleh bin Nasser Al Jasser, Saudi Minister of Transport and Logistic Services and Chairman of SAR, emphasized that the ‘Dream of the Desert’ initiative aligns with the National Strategy for Transport and Logistics. This ambitious endeavor aims to elevate the quality of life and bolster various national strategies, reflecting the kingdom’s commitment to progressive transportation solutions.
Commitment to Excellence
Dr. Bashar Al Malik, CEO of SAR, highlighted the company’s dedication to implementing quality initiatives per its strategic objectives. The ‘Dream of the Desert’ train is poised to enhance SAR’s service portfolio by providing passengers with unparalleled luxury and catering to tourists and residents seeking premium travel experiences.
Milestones and Progress
The agreement between SAR and the Arsenale Group marks a significant milestone in developing the ‘Dream of the Desert’ train service. With initial production stages underway in Italy, the project is on track to deliver a world-class luxury travel experience, showcasing the kingdom’s commitment to advancing its transportation infrastructure.
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