Saudi Arabia has announced several infrastructure and development projects worth more than SR12.6 billion ($3.4 billion) in the Tabuk region, reported Arab News, citing a senior official.

These include initiatives related to housing, transportation, environment and agriculture, stated Tabuk Governor Prince Fahd bin Sultan, chairman of the region’s Tourism Development Council.

The governor pointed out that citizens have witnessed a qualitative change in the kingdom in recent years, and praised the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for achieving this.

Meanwhile, Minister of Transport and Logistics Saleh Al Jasser said studies are under way to extend the North Railway to Tabuk and other northern regions of the kingdom.

“Linking the Tabuk region with the railway is currently in the phase of studies in accordance with the strategies and plans,” he said, while attending an opening ceremony for new development projects in the Tabuk region.

Under the plan, the North Railway will be extended to Tabuk. The railway has been already extended from Riyadh to Al Qurayyat with a length of 1,215 km, with operations to start in March 2022.