Saudi Arabia: a luxurious “train cruise” from 2025





Only open to tourism since 2019, Saudi Arabia is now on track to launch a luxurious train journey called Dream of the Desert in 2025.

According to Saudi Arabian state media, the new train will offer “luxury cruise train” travel from the capital Riyadh to Al Qurayyat, which is close to the northern border with Jordan.

The route will be 1,300 kilometers long and will pass through the magnificent desert landscapes of Saudi Arabia, as well as the city of Hail.

As for the design of the train, it is indicated that it will reflect Saudi style and tradition. The total capacity will be 82 passengers, distributed in 40 cabins.

The country opened its first railway line in 1947 and has since expanded its network, including the introduction of the Haramain high-speed railway in 2018, we stipulate. The kingdom is also exploring sustainable transport options, such as hydrogen trains.

Bookings for one- and two-night trips are expected to open later this year.






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With a degree in journalism from Laval University, Isabelle began her career as a travel journalist in 1995. Her articles and reports have been published in the magazines L’agent de voyages, Voyager et Tourisme Plus, Atmosphère d’Air Transat and the Journal Le Devoir, among others. . She is the co-author of four guides at Rudelmédias (25 sunny holiday destinations) and Éditions Ulysse (Travelling with Kids, Fabulous Alaska/Yukon, Long Stays Abroad). Also since 2006, she has presented conferences to the public.


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