Etihad Rail partners with DB Schenker Rail
Etihad Rail has signed a joint venture with DB Schenker Rail, a subsidiary of German-based Deutsche Bahn (DB), to operate and maintain stage one of the UAE’s National Railway Network.
DB is Europe’s largest railway company, operating passenger and freight services on the approximately 33,500-kilometre German rail network, and maintaining a strong presence in rail operations in various countries across Europe.
The joint venture, Etihad Rail DB, which will be led by its Chairman H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, will initially provide railway operations and maintenance expertise for Stage One, setting the foundation to also act as consultant for the operations of the future stages of the Etihad Rail network.
H.E. Nasser Alsowaidi, Chairman of Etihad Rail, says Deutsche Bahn and DB Schenker Rail are the ideal partners to help spearhead a successful, modern railway for the UAE for generations to come.
“Facilitating knowledge transfer and sharing of best practices, the joint venture – Etihad Rail DB – is a very positive step forward for Etihad Rail, furthering our commitment to provide the UAE with a world-class, modern, integrated and efficient rail network that will drive economic growth and social development,” Alsowaidi said.
Dr Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn, says the Etihad Rail network heralds a new era in transport, one that DB Schenker Rail is proud to be a part of.
“We are confident in the vital role it will play in strengthening the UAE’s strategic position. Our experts of DB Schenker Rail and DB International are very much looking forward to working with Etihad Rail.”
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of Etihad Rail DB and Vice Chairman of Etihad Rail, says the UAE has successfully developed and managed other mega-infrastructure projects, and Etihad Rail DB will play a vital role in integrating rail into the nation’s state-of-the-art transport system.
“The Company will pave the way for the railway operations in the UAE and set a benchmark in the region, with a dedicated team that places safe, reliable, and efficient services at the forefront of its operational plans,” Al Tayer said
Etihad Rail DB will manage operations for Stage One of the Etihad Rail network, transporting granulated sulphur from Shah and Habshan to Ruwais. The 264 km route will facilitate the transport of granulated sulphur from inland sources to the port of Ruwais for export.