First cohort of Emirati graduates obtain first Railways Diploma in the United Arab Emirates, join Etihad Rail DB

After completing 3-year training programme


Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates: Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the national railway network in the United Arab Emirates, has announced the graduation of the first batch of Emirati nationals on the Railways Diploma Programme from the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI) and their subsequent employment by Etihad Rail DB, the company responsible for the operation and maintenance of Stage One of the national railway network.

The 10 students who joined the workforce are the first batch to finish the Railways Diploma Programme in the United Arab Emirates, which was launched in 2017 under a partnership between Etihad Rail and ADVETI. This first batch will take over a number of technical positions, including the roles of train captain, traffic controller, locomotive and railway maintenance technician, and railway systems technician.

The programme, which is the first of its kind in the country to provide the first Diploma in Railways in the United Arab Emirates that aims to prepare qualified national cadres capable of leading the future of the national train and railway sector. It includes two years of theoretical training and one year of practical training, enabling the students join Etihad Rail DB in full time careers.

Commenting on the announcement, Saeed Salem Al Suwaidi, CEO of Etihad Rail DB, said: “Our efforts to empower Emirati nationals are in line with the strategy of our parent company, Etihad Rail, which actively supports the Emiratisation policy in the country and encourages Emirati youths to join this vital field. We are proud to welcome the first batch of graduates who will represent the future of the railway sector in the country."

He added, "During their years of theoretical and practical training, the graduates have demonstrated their dedication and ability to take on the challenge of acquiring knowledge in the railway sector, which is a completely new sector in the country, and have demonstrated great interest and passion in the field."

In line with its efforts to support the Emiratisation agenda in the country, Etihad Rail earlier this year announced the launch of an additional programme to train and employ more Emirati nationals with experience and high skill sets in various disciplines and engineering fields, and the first batch has been appointed to positions across Stage Two of the national rail network, which is currently under construction. In addition to these previously announced opportunities, the company has now opened up additional training and employment opportunities for Emiratis. 


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 transport 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.

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Mona Mashhoor

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