Etihad Rail, DP World plan for new rail terminal
Etihad Rail has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DP World for the development of an intermodal rail terminal in Jebel Ali Port, it announced.
This agreement, which was signed by His Excellency Nasser Al Sowaidi, chairman of Etihad Rail, and His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World, represents a significant step forward in the development of the rail network.
The proposed intermodal rail terminal at Jebel Ali will enable the more efficient transfer of containerised freight arriving at the port, bringing substantial benefits to logistics companies and the UAE economy as a whole.
DP World, an international marine terminal operations and development firm, whose flagship Jebel Ali Port has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for the past 17 consecutive years, has already earmarked a strategic potential plot for the intermodal rail terminal, adjacent to Jebel Ali Maritime Terminal 1 and close to Terminal 2.
The team at DP World will oversee the building and operation of the loading and unloading facilities at the rail terminal while Etihad Rail will construct and own the railway infrastructure and manage the rail services to and from the terminal.
Commenting on the MOU signing, Al Sowaidi said: “This important MOU with DP World is a key milestone in securing Jebel Ali Port as an integral part of the Etihad Rail network, and represents a significant step forward in the network’s overall development.
“We are delighted to have DP World on board as a partner in our strategic national project. Our collaboration with them in creating an intermodal rail terminal inside Jebel Ali Port will enable the efficient transfer of containerised freight from ocean vessels onto the rail network and vice versa, ultimately driving the economic growth of the UAE while being closely aligned with the UAE Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.”
While Bin Sulayem added: “We are delighted to formally sign this MOU with Etihad Rail. The rail terminal and the Etihad Rail network as a whole will add significantly to the efficiency we can offer customers at our flagship Jebel Ali port. With state of the art facilities at Jebel Ali, able to serve the largest vessels in the world, supported by the latest e-trade technology, and the Dubai Logistics Corridor linked to the Dubai World Central airport, Jebel Ali will be fully multi-modal, connecting sea-road-rail-air.
“This will add enormously to the efficiency of the supply chain and reinforce Dubai’s status as both a regional hub and a gateway for cargo for the UAE and the wider Middle East, Subcontinent and East Africa region.”