Makkah Metro Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Makkah Metro (also known as the Al Mashaaer Al Muqaddassah Metro) transports pilgrims to the holy sites at Mina, Muzdalifah and Mount Arafat - three stops during their journey that trace the steps of the Prophet Muhammad and Abraham.

The network comprises an 18 km elevated route with nine stations:  each station is 300 metres long and each of the two platforms has the capacity to hold 3,000 people with wide ramps to ease the flow of passengers in and out of the stations.

The four-day Hajj pilgrimage draws around 2.5 million worshippers each year and the Metro replaces thousands of buses reducing pollution as well as traffic congestion.  The lime green cars zoom along an elevated rail, passing over the permanent white tents where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims spend the night on the way to the major sites.

The Delmatic energy management system provides intelligent, secure and energy efficient control of lighting within front-of-house, back-of-house and external areas within each of the nine stations on the network as well as the eighteen depots and the network viaducts.

Lighting is configured into a variety of scenes activated from the station control panel as well as via integration with the BMS: the system also includes modes based upon Hajj or non-Hajj periods, as well as a range of daily operational and maintenance modes.

Delmatic worked closely with the design team from an early stage to develop the system application and integration.

Makkah Metro

Consultant: Atkins
Contractor: China Railway Construction Corporation
Size: 9 stations