On Wednesday 18th January 2017 HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh, together with Civil Service Minister, HE Khaled Abdullah Al-Araj, Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister, HE Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh, Transport Minister, HE Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan, Head of Public Transport Authority, HE Rumaih Mohammed Al-Rumaih, CEO of National Water Company, HE Abdulrahman Mohammed Al-Ibrahim and Riyadh Mayor and President of ADA, HE Ibrahim bin Mohammad Al-Sultan visited the Qasr Al Hoqm Downtown Station on Line 3 of Riyadh Metro Project to mark the end of the tunnel work for the longest line in the important public transport project.


HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud set a crane in motion to lift out of the construction site of Downtown Station the cutter head of the “Jazlah” tunnel-boring machine at a ceremony marking the end of the TBM’s 5.7 kilometre journey underground.


The Orange Line, Line 3, is more than 40 kilometres long, but only about 11 kilometres will be underground, excavated by the TBM and the “cut and cover” method. Once completed, it will have 22 stations.


The Downtown Station is located near the Riyadh governor’s palace in the heart of the city, will be one of the most iconic, with two underground metro lines passing through it. Covering 20,000 square metres, it is being designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta together with One-Works and Crew.