- The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) facility at Al Faya will be the largest and the most significant on the network
- The Board of Directors welcomed the signing of the first Stage Two commercial agreement, involving the transportation of construction materials from Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, UAE: H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail, expressed his appreciation to the continuous and unlimited support for the Etihad Rail Project by the UAE’s wise leadership, confirming that it gives great importance to infrastructure in the UAE given its role in economic and social development.
This came during a virtual meeting attended by Etihad Rail’s Board of Directors, chaired by H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which was held to reflect upon Etihad Rail’s ongoing achievements of meeting its strategic objectives. In addition, the meeting highlighted the latest progress in the first quarter of 2021 of Stage Two of the UAE’s national railway network.
He added that the Year of the 50th undoubtedly marks a new phase for the UAE, and that the pursuit of strengthening the nation and forging sustainable development will be accelerated, resting on the legacy of the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
He highlighted that Etihad Rail, since the inception of the project, has been committed to fulfilling the vision of UAE’s leadership and its strategic direction. He also reiterated the forefront priorities are, and always have been, constructing national infrastructure, investing in Emirati talent, and powering the nation’s economy. He added that these accomplishments will drive the country towards achieving economic success in the next 50 years.
His Highness commended the launch of the UAE’s industrial strategy, Operation 300bn, drawing the wide-range of success the nation relishes across various industries, expressing that Etihad Rail is developing a new and integrated industry that bolsters the sustainable development objectives of the UAE, through connecting industrial centres, ports, and commercial hubs.
During the meeting, the board members were briefed on the ongoing progress of the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) facility at Al Faya, Abu Dhabi, where 25% of construction has been completed over the last 12 months. The facility will be the largest and the most significant on the network. It will be responsible for warehousing, installations, operations, and the maintenance of locomotives and wagons. The facility will also include an administrative building to control the operations of the whole network.
The board emphasised that the project’s development must be in line with international best practice, particularly implementing health and safety measures for the safety of all construction workers.
The board members welcomed announcing the first customer for Stage Two of the project, which will see Stevin Rock benefit from the integrated transport solutions that Stage Two of the project provides. An estimated 3.5 million tonnes of construction material will be carried annually from Stevin Rock’s Al Ghail quarry in Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi.
Over recent months, Etihad Rail has laid solid foundations for the completion of the UAE’s national railway network, ensuring its optimal integration with transport infrastructure and systems across the UAE and other GCC states. Such success has been facilitated through signing strategic agreements alongside fostering local and regional partnerships. The most notable of these agreements was the partnership agreed with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure in the UAE, regarding the issuance of safety permits on Stage Two of the project. The company has also partnered with the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) in the exchange of services and expertise. In addition, Etihad Rail partnered with Emirates Nature-WWF, the Fujairah Environment Authority, and the Fujairah Adventures Centre, establishing an environmental protection and community engagement programme in the emirate of Fujairah.
2021 represents a significant milestone for the company, with rapid construction and operational progress. It was acknowledged that Etihad Rail would be a central contributor and partner to the future vision of the UAE’s wise leadership as the nation celebrates its Golden Jubilee.
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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