Etihad Rail is making the first national freight and traveller railway network connecting the 7 emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a part of the Gulf Railway project. The project and the way it’ll disrupt the railway business within the region.
While the centre East has been upgrading its rail network over the past decade, it wasn’t perpetually a priority for the region. “It’s all thanks to the oil,” says Hassan. Low-cost fuel costs created it straightforward for locals, tourists and businesses to use the road to induce around and transfer products.
After fuel costs surged by 70%, it wasn’t viable for the general public associated there was a requirement for an economical conveyance system throughout the complete country for freight yet as passengers. that will scale back the burden on the economy, on people’s pockets and even businesses.
The network was planned to be delivered bit by bit. Stage One, a 254km line from the gas fields within the Al Dhafra region to the Gulf port of Ruwais, received an investment of AED1.28bn and was completed in 2015. Currently absolutely operational, Stage One has the capability to move 22,000t of coarse sulphur on each day and has carried quite 20 million tonnes – the equivalent of around a million truck visits – from Habshan and sovereign to Ruwais thus far.
Upon the success of Stage One, the UAE’s Ministry of Finance and also the United Arab Emirates’ capital Department of Finance signed a deal in 2018 to finance the second stage of the UAE’s national rail project. Stage 2 can span 605km and integrate the national system with the GCC network, transporting up to 50 million tonnes of freight a year.
The final growth can come back beneath Stage 3 and serve the northern Emirates, adding an extra 250km to the network.