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Etihad Rail, the developer, and operator of the UAE’s national railway network has announced the successful completion of the interconnection of the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) freight station, the largest inland freight railway station, with the UAE’s national railway network. In the United Arab Emirates, the company has completed successful tracking and testing work on the new line that runs from the Saudi Arabian border to the port of Fujairah on the east coast, passing through major manufacturing hubs and urban centres.
About Etihad Rail
Etihad Rail was established in June 2009 under Federal Law No. 2, with a mandate to manage the development, construction, and operation of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway network. The railway network will connect the main centres of population and industry in the UAE with the planned railway network across the GCC.
Etihad Rail has successfully completed the first phase of the network, and the first phase is fully operational and delivered on schedule and within budget. The road for that phase extends over 264 km and transports sulfur granules from sources in Shah and Habshan to the export point in Ruwais.
The second phase of the project connects the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the port of Fujairah to Ghuwaifat via Musaffah, Khalifa Port, and Jebel Ali Port. Socially sustainable When completed, the railway will redefine logistics and transportation services in the region, providing a modern, safe, efficient, and sustainable means of transportation that will connect all regions of the UAE with its neighbouring GCC countries.
The largest inland railway freight station in the United Arab Emirates
Etihad Rail and Freight Services are currently building the largest inland railway freight station in the UAE at ICAD City, which is spread over an area of just over 2.7 million square feet. The new railway freight station will house more than 22 buildings and major structures to support operations and is equipped to have an operational capacity of up to nine trains each day.
It will facilitate the distribution of goods across the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Arab Emirates, as quarries in the northern Emirates will be linked to industrial centres in the Musaffah region, in addition to linking Ruwais, Khalifa Port and container companies in Dubai within Jebel Ali Port, and containers will be transported by rail to and from facilities Other shipments after a road trip and directly to the end user’s location.
The development of the ICAD railway freight station is also part of the second phase of the UAE’s national railway network. The landmark project extends from the Al region on the border of Saudi Arabia to the emirate of Fujairah on the east coast. Upon completion of the developments, it will be integrated with the second phase of the railway network in the GCC countries, the country’s ports, manufacturing centres, and urban centres.