Dubai | Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has announced that the Etihad Rail project will be expanded to include passenger trains. A total of Dh5,000 crore has been earmarked for an integrated rail project connecting the various emirates in the UAE. Etihad Rail is the first train service from Guwahati to Fujairah via various cities. Freight and travelers will travel across the country. An integrated strategy has been formulated for the railway sector in the UAE in the coming decades.
The first phase of Etihad Rail has been operational since 2016. It also has the potential to expand beyond the UAE’s borders. 200 km per hour. The train is running at a speed of m. It takes 50 minutes from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and 100 minutes from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah. The UAE Rail is part of the ’50 Plans’, a series of development-economic initiatives aimed at accelerating the UAE’s development, enabling comprehensive progress in all areas and establishing it as an ideal place for experts. The UAE Comprehensive Railway Project was unveiled at a special event at the Dubai Expo 2020. The event also highlighted the phases of the Etihad Rail project, which connects Guwahati and Fujairah on the Saudi border. The train will reach the port of Fujairah on the east coast of Arabia.
‘Etihad Rail is the biggest project to consolidate the power of the Emirate for the next fifty years. It will connect 11 major cities and regions in the UAE, ”said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. ‘UAE infrastructure development is one of the best in the world and Etihad Rail will enhance the UAE’s excellence in the freight sector. The project is in line with the UAE’s environmental policy. This will reduce carbon emissions by 70 to 80 percent.
‘The National Rail Project reflects the true meaning of integration into our national economy. In this we see the largest partnership between federal and local government agencies. This is to support nationalism. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said:
By 2030, the UAE Railways program will employ more than 9,000 people. Etihad Rail will be run by local talents with experience in both phases, ‘said Etihad Rail Chief Executive Officer Shadi Malak. It takes about 50 minutes to travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and 100 minutes from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah. Instead of carrying 5,000 tons of granulated sulfur, major milestones, including 30,000 tons of transport, will be achieved in the first phase. This eliminates 2.5 million truck trips. This will increase the level of road safety, reduce maintenance costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Etihad Rail Deputy Project Manager Khuloud Al Masroui said that Etihad Rail will support the public transport system in the UAE.