The connection of Abu Dhabi and Dubai with a direct railway called “a major development within the largest infrastructure project in the UAE”
The cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are now connected by rail following the completion of the crucial link in the UAE National Rail Network.
H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail witnessed the connection of Abu Dhabi and Dubai in a major development within the largest infrastructure project in the UAE.
According to Etihad Rail, the installation of the final piece on the railway track marks “the start of a new phase of logistic and economic integration between the two emirates, and in preparation for linking the rest of the emirates to an integrated national railway network in the UAE.”
The completion of the link comes within the framework of “The UAE Railway Programme” which was launched as a part of the Projects of the 50, with an investment worth of AED 50 billion.
The UAE Railway Programme includes a national network of railway projects that would link the seven emirates. The programme is expected to create economic opportunities amounting to AED 200 billion.
Etihad Rail also announced last week that it has inked a financing agreement worth $542mn for passenger transport services with First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB). The passenger services will be the first of its kind connecting the cities and regions of the UAE.
H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum affirmed that ‘The UAE Railway Programme’ reflects UAE’s ambitions and aspirations to start the next fifty years with huge development projects that enhance its position as a leading regional and global center in the sectors of trade, economy and logistics services, said Etihad Rail.
H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed added: “The completion of the main railway of the “UAE National Rail Network” project between Dubai and Abu Dhabi represents an important pivotal phase that shows the great benefits of this national project in linking all the emirates of the country and enhancing the transportation process between industrial and economic centers, and facilitating transportation within the UAE.
“The economic effects of linking Abu Dhabi and Dubai via the “UAE National Rail Network” will extend for many years. A huge achievement chaired by my brother Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed.. the project will increase the competitiveness of the UAE and strengthen the spirit of Union between the emirates.”
The 256km railway has been designed based on the highest international standards and specifications concerned with environmental aspects, safety and quality. It will play a pivotal role in developing the UAE National Rail Network, facilitate goods transportation within the UAE and reduce transportation costs.
The railway includes 29 bridges, 60 crossings and 137 drainage channels. The total excavation and backfill work amounted 46 million cubic metres, with the participation of 13,300 workers, recording more than 47 million working hours.
H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed the importance of completing the main railway of the “UAE National Rail Network” which connect the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai to Sharjah, in connecting the cities and industries to a safe and sustainable rail network.
“The completion of the main railway will enhance the strategic position of the project at the transport and infrastructure levels, and contributes to the promotion of sustainable development in the UAE, and the consolidation of its position to remain in the first ranks at the regional and global levels.
“Our wise leadership is keen to complete this huge national project based on the best specifications and standards. The UAE’s leadership is betting on it to consolidate the supremacy and competitiveness of the country in the long term. The completion of the main railway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai is considered as an important phase within the “UAE National Rail Network”, and a main pillar in the integrated economic and development journey of the UAE.”
In a key week for rail projects in the region, Qatar also announced that it will soon begin construction of its $250bn Qatar to KSA GCC railway link with sponsorship offers and bids for the long-awaited railway expected to go out this year.