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UAE Joint Venture

Developing a new rail network for UAE

DB Cargo has a joint venture with Etihad Rail operating a new state-of-the-art railway network across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reducing journey times, uniting diverse communities and opening up new areas.

The rail network project links the principal centres of population and industry of the UAE, and forms a vital part of the planned GCC railway network linking the six countries of the GCC: The Kingdom of Bahrain, The State of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Etihad Rail DB combines the global best practice and international experience of Deutsche Bahn, and the local expertise of Etihad Rail. The project strongly aligns with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and UAE Vision 2021. Etihad Rail DB will facilitate knowledge transfer and best practice sharing, and develop a new transport and services sector to boost the UAE’s economy.

Pioneering the UAE’s railway operations, Etihad Rail DB has placed safe, reliable and efficient services at the forefront of its operational plans, with a priority to deliver top quality, customer-focused services that maximise benefits to stakeholders and customers.

The railway is being built in three phases. The first phase from Shah and Habshan to Ruwais (264km) is due for completion by the end of 2014 and will initially cater for freight. The completed network will also carry passenger services. Covering a network of 1,200km stretching across the Emirates, the railway will connect UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the West and Oman via Al Ain in the East. Etihad Rail DB’s immediate business is the movement of freight by rail on the Etihad Rail Stage 1 Shah-Habshan-Ruwais route. The company will operate two trains per day, each carrying granulated sulphur. The railway will initially operate diesel trains.

By ensuring frequent and reliable services, journey times will be substantially reduced, bringing together diverse communities and opening up areas that were previously more difficult to reach, through a safe, efficient and sustainable mode of transport that will change everyday lives.

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Last modified: 02.03.2016

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