Saudi Arabia Transport

Chapter | Transport from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2020

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has cast a shadow of uncertainty over parts of the global transport sector – particularly aviation – beyond those immediate issues,...

Saudi Arabia’s decision to weaken the link between hydrocarbons and economic growth, and pursue a policy of diversification has seen a wide range of projects come to fruition in the last several years. While at present the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented plunge in oil prices are causing significant short-term uncertainty, the reforms that have been put in place in recent years should stand the Kingdom in good stead over the longer term.

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Following delays, the long-awaited GCC Railway looks likely to be revitalised, a move that could transform trade and connectivity across the Gulf.

As countries within the Gulf begin a gradual easing of Covid-19-related movement restrictions, the revival of the region’s aviation sector has come into focus. Effective recovery strategies will rely on reassuring passengers that sufficient health and the safety measures are in place.


The Kingdom’s rail network has made major strides in recent years, opening up new passenger stations and lines for residents and pilgrims, while also moving tonnes of freight off the road and onto track. Investment in rail infrastructure is set to continue with Saudi Arabia’s contribution to the Gulf Railway, also called the GCC Railway, and...


What is being done to consolidate the transport sector and expand current infrastructure?


How can existing port infrastructure help to position Saudi Arabia as a regional trade hub?


The transport and logistics sector in Saudi Arabia has been targeted for key milestones, in accordance with Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s ambitious development plan to diversify the economy, grow the non-oil sector and leverage the country’s traditional position as a crossroads for international trade. While the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to...

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