Eastern Saudi Arabia is a new economic region in the modern sense. It consists mainly of desert, the most important centre of population being the deep-water port of Dammam. Until 1946, when oil development began in earnest, there were very few trucks or passenger cars in the area. Since then, a rail link has been completed from Ridyadh to Dammam and the number of vehicles has increased. Oil is transported using pipelines. Other commodities are mainly carried from the coast to the inland areas. Only Saudis are allowed to own and operate vehicles and the government owns the railway. The transport industry has three sections: small one-man own-account operators; large companies owning about twenty vehicles who work for the oil companies; rail. At Dammam a prospective shipper bargains with small operators when he has goods to move. Prices fluctuate sharply depending on the state of demand. Large companies have tariff lists where price is determined by commodity and distance. Rail prices depend on distance, commodity and quantity. In all cases, the tariffs for hauls from inland to the coast are much lower. The transportation system which has developed is quite efficient and the pricing structure is fair. /TRRL/

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  • Accession Number: 00096696
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ANALYTIC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1975 12:00AM