Oman reportedly suspends GCC rail project
Oman has reportedly decided to delay its rail project connecting the sultanate with the rest of the Gulf countries to meet the schedule of other Gulf countries.
The Times of Oman reported that the contract with a private consultancy company to manage the rail project has also been cancelled.
"The ministry of transport and communications has not cancelled the project but only delayed it as other Gulf countries have decided to stop work on the project," Mohammed Al Shuaili, director of the Minister of Transport and Communications Office was quoted as saying.
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE's $11 billion national rail network, in January confirmed that it has suspended the tendering process for stage two of the project which involves linking the country to the Saudi border at Ghweifat and the Omani border at Al Ain.
Al Shuaili wouldn't confirm when the project could be relaunched but told the paper: "Whenever the image becomes clear in the other part of the project, the ministry can assign the company to start working on it again."
The multi-billion dollar 2,117km GCC railway network aims to connect Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Oman and was earlier slated for completion in 2018.