· Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed reviewed the latest developments of the project
· Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed: “The support of our wise leadership enables our rapid construction progress.”
Abu Dhabi, UAE: His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail, has inaugurated track laying at the railhead in Saih Shuaib, towards Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
H.H. Sheikh Theyab reviewed the project updates through a journey he took on an inspection train designated for supervision and inspection of construction works, from the starting point of track laying in Saih Shuaib towards both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. During the 10 kilometre journey reaching Al Maha Forest, H.H. was briefed on Etihad Rail’s procedures and measures to protect the natural habitat and wildlife during the implementation of the project within the forest, including the development of bridges, culverts and animal crossings.
During the visit, H.H. said that the carefully considered and diligent scrutiny of our wise leadership is immensely valuable for the development of Stage Two and bolsters the UAE’s regional and international positioning. He added that the support of local and federal government stakeholders has been invaluable, as the company continues to support the development goals of the UAE, including those set for the next fifty years.
During the visit, H.H. stressed the importance of this strategic project, which is capable of revolutionising the UAE’s transport sector, and emphasised that the network forms a key part of the UAE’s world-class integrated transport ecosystem, strengthening the UAE’s global leading position in provision of quality transport infrastructure. H.H. further accentuated the project’s role in supporting the UAE’s economic growth, connecting key ports with production and manufacturing points and population, which will positively affect the lives of citizens and residents in the country.
The development of the UAE National Rail Network, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation, is on schedule for delivery. The network is significant in providing a modern and sustainable national rail network, bolstering the UAE’s leading regional standing.
About Etihad Rail:
Etihad Rail was established in June 2009 under Federal Law No. 2, with the mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway network. The railway network will link the principal centres of population and industry of the UAE, and will form a vital part of the planned railway network across the GCC.
Etihad Rail has successfully completed Stage One of the network. Stage One is fully operational and was delivered on schedule and within budget. The route spans 264 km, transporting granulated sulphur from sources at Shah and Habshan to the export point at Ruwais.
Stage Two links the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia from Fujairah Port to Ghuweifat through Mussafah, Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali Port. Built to international standards, Etihad Rail’s state-of-the-art network will span approximately 1,200 km, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and sustained social development. Upon completion, the railway will redefine logistics and mobility in the region, providing a modern, safe, efficient and sustainable mode of transport that will connect all regions of the UAE to its neighbouring GCC countries.