Saudi Arabia’s Race to Build a $22B Railway in the Desert | WSJ Breaking Ground

Published 2024-04-08
Saudi Arabia is racing to finish the $22B Riyadh Metro in time to modernize its capital city and open its doors to the world. With the country set to host the World Expo 2030 and as a frontrunner to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, this is a golden opportunity for Saudi Arabia to transform its economy and improve its human rights reputation on a global stage.

WSJ explores why this Gulf nation needs this train network and the challenges it faces in constructing this incredible feat of engineering.

0:00 Riyadh Metro
1:04 Why Saudi Arabia needs this train
3:44 Challenges in construction
5:33 The money

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All Comments (21)
  • @wsj
    Read about how megaprojects in the desert are sapping Saudi Arabia’s cash and why the kingdom is turning to borrowing to keep up:
  • @naisyjohns
    When Wall Street Journal tries to become B1M
  • @dusscode
    Americans laughing at Saudi Arabia for innovating while they have the worst passenger rail in the world.
  • @Slickpete83
    takes Canada over +10 years to build a light rail line and its still not done hahaha...
  • @C97K
    إلى الأمام بإذن الله 🇸🇦❤️🇰🇼
  • The 2nd Ave Subway isn't complete. Only the first leg. So it has taken NYC over 100 years to only complete the 1st segment of the 2nd Ave Subway.
  • Poor video from WSJ for many reasons: 1- it's about one of the largest public transit projects in the world so I expected more details regarding the project itself and its effect on traffic congestion and the estimated economic benefit, but the video did not talk a lot about that and focused on politics. 2- the project is in Saudi Arabia, so it makes sense to have Saudis talk in the video about the project, which did not happen (you invited one Saudi agency to talk specifically about labor protections rather than the project as a whole). 3- you ignored the fact that millions in Riyadh don't own a car, and that's either because they are too young/old to drive, or don't know how to drive (many Saudi women did not learn driving even though the ban on women driving was lifted in 2017), or they don't have the money to buy a car which is true for some foreign workers who came from South Asia. This is very important to mention when speaking about a public transit project in Saudi Arabia
  • @kadisshow
    The funny thing is how Western media always find criticism on everything none Western.
  • @nah95
    You're still gonna talk to us about human rights while your government keeps arming Israel?
  • The 2nd Ave subway in New York city has not been completed; just one phase has been completed.
  • I just hate it when an English speaking person, British or American, make mention of any other country's human rights record.
  • @trnstn1
    Vancouver Canada Line 2009 and Montreal REM 2023 are great WORKABLE examples of delivering on time and on budget in Canada
  • @anon19086posts
    I live next to two of the stations and they look fantastic. People can’t wait because Riyadh traffic is absolutely taking its toll on everyonr
  • As a Saudi Arabian I’ll def take advantage of this transportation system as it will save so much time
  • @getevennow
    wonderful - Al hamdullah - love from Pakistan