UAE railway design to be finalised by end of year
Etihad Rail, formerly 'Union Railway', will finish the design of phases 2 and 3 of the UAE rail system by the end of the year and start work on them in the second half of 2012.
It also confirmed that the first part of the route, from Habshan to Ruwais, will be completed in early 2013 and extended to Shah by 2014. The route will be used by ADNOC to transport granulated sulphur for export.
Nasser Al Sowaidi, chairman of Etihad Rail, said: “The development of an integrated railway network signifies the inception of a new chapter of transport in the UAE”.
“The UAE has a long and proud tradition as a trading economy and we at Etihad Rail are developing an extensive rail network that will expand this tradition and further grow the UAE as a logistics hub for businesses and industries in the region and beyond.”
The Etihad Rail network will run up to 1200km in length, connecting the whole country and linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia (via Ghweifat) in the west and to Oman (via Al Ain) in the east. It will link into a planned GCC railway network.
It will be developed in three phases. Phase 1 is the Shah-Habshan-Ruwais route.
Phase 2 involves the construction of the remainder of the Abu Dhabi Emirate network and a connection to Dubai – covering vital areas such as Mussaffah and the Khalifa and Jebel Ali ports.
The third and final phase entails the implementation of the rest of the network in the Northern Emirates.