Etihad Rail signs MoU with UAE's Armed Forces
by Gavin Gibbon
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway, has signed a major Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE’s Armed Forces.
Under the agreement, the UAE Armed Forces will secure protection for Etihad Rail’s facilities and vital installations that fall within the scope of the MoU including stations, terminals, yards and depots.
Etihad Rail will provide a link for five key military logistics centres operated by the UAE Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense.
The MoU was signed by acting CEO, Eng. Faris Saif Al Mazrouei and Major General Staff Pilot, Ishaq Al Blooshi from the UAE Armed Forces.
Eng. Al Mazrouei said: “This MoU is a major milestone for the UAE’s national rail project and will ensure the safety and security of our infrastructure."
Once fully operational, Etihad Rail will cater to both freight and passengers, spanning approximately 1,200km across the UAE.
The rail network will connect urban and peripheral communities, facilitate trade, open up communication channels and foster economic development across all seven emirates.
The network will also form a vital part of the GCC railway network, linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and to Oman via Al Ain in the east.