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Saudi Cabinet approves GCC railway project

Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers has given the green light to implement the $25bn Gulf Cooperation Council railway project, which aims to link the six GCC countries through a 2,117-km railway network, Arab News has reported. Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja has said that the Transport Ministry has received Cabinet approval to prepare engineering blueprint for the railway and follow up implementation of the project. The Finance Ministry is to allocate necessary funds for the railway, which will be completed in 2017.