29 June 2011, 15:00 pm

Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University for Women: automated passenger transport system: first driverless metro system in Saudi Arabia
Prima metropolitana senza conducente del Regno dell’Arabia Saudita On 15 May 2011, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz inaugurated Princess Noura University,  the largest women’s university in the world. The campus covers an area of 8 million square metres, of which 3 million square metres comprise civil engineering works.

According to its website, the university was designed to accommodate 50,000 people (students, lecturers and engineers). The university has a total of 15 faculties including six for medicine.

The university has a driverless metro with state-of-the-art technology that serves the whole campus. The main objective was to provide the Princess Noura University with a completely automated, environmentally-friendly transport system that would connect the dormitories, lecture halls, staff accommodation and the various recreational areas of the campus.

At the opening ceremony, the APM (Automatic People Mover) proved the ideal solution for enabling the King to visit the campus and buildings. The King started the tour at the terminus, near the recreational area and the Olympic stadium, and then visited the area containing the library and conference centre.

The APM is the first transport solution that Ansaldo STS built in the Middle East and is the model for future projects in this region, where the installation of rail infrastructure is gaining momentum.
The opening ceremony was reported on extremely positively by the media, which singled out the exceptional management and planning work carried out in record time.