Apr 04 2012
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Rail to link Dubai-Abu Dhabi in 2016
Second phase of Etihad rail project will be launched in 2012
Etihad Rail , which is carrying out one of the largest train projects in the Middle East, said it would launch the second phase later this year and it would extend nearly 510 km to link Abu Dhabi to Jebel Ali and Dubai city.
The first stage covers Musaffah industrial area and Khalifa Port, which will be connected to Jebel Ali, the largest free zone in the Gulf.
In a recent statement, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Rail has said the 1,200-km project could involve total investments of nearly Dh40 billion and will have a capacity of nearly 16 million passengers a year.
According to Etihad Rail website, the railway will connect the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the West and Oman via Al Ain in the East. The railway will be built to link the principal centres of population and industry of the UAE, as well as to form a vital part of the planned GCC railway network, said Etihad Rail , which was formed in line with a federal law in 2009.
"Once complete, the project will redefine logistics and transport in the region, providing as a safe, efficient, sustainable network that links all corners of the UAE, and eventually, the UAE to the wider GCC.......this extensive investment will support the Government's continued mission to build a diversified economy and continued economic growth."
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