Abu Dhabi (Etihad)
His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Head of the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Etihad Rail, emphasized that the UAE’s national rail project is an ambitious national project that has witnessed in recent years , vigorous follow-up and solid guidance from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Nahyan, the President of the State, may God protect him, and today, the Etihad Rail Company renews its commitment to continue working towards achieving more successes and building on the foundations and pillars established by the wise leadership of the country to advance the development of the transport system and reach new stages of prosperity and economic progress, through the development of the national rail network project and enhancing its contribution to the integral development of the state, to demonstrate today the effectiveness of its role in the reformulation of the characteristics of the sector and in the definition of models of business and customer behavior, through its continued achievements to enhance its contribution to shaping the future of the transportation industry to meet the pioneering march of the UAE.
This was during His Highness’s visit to review the latest package for the second phase of the UAE’s national rail network project, which stretches 145 km from the Emirate of Sharjah to the port of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.
During the visit, which started in the Al-Suyoh area of Sharjah to the Sukum area of Fujairah, His Highness inspected several key project milestones along its path in the last package of the second phase of the project, starting with the railway bridge in Al-Suyuh area in Sharjah, heading to Al-Bithnah area in Fujairah to visit Al-Bithnah Bridge and then go see the works of laying train tracks in various tunnels that cross the Hajar Mountains in Fujairah.
After the inspection visit ended, His Highness Sheikh Diab and His Excellency Suhail bin Muhammad Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, witnessed the signing of an agreement between Etihad Rail and the Spanish company CAF, one of the world’s leading companies in the railway sector, to design, manufacture, supply and maintain passenger trains for the “Etihad Train” project worth 1.2 billion dirhams.
His Highness Sheikh Theyab commended the agreement, which forms part of Etihad Rail’s efforts to develop passenger transport services and reflects its continued willingness to continue developing the national and strategic “Etihad Train” project according to best standards, practices and deadlines. approved plans. The agreement, the result of the company’s success at the Middle East Rail Conference 2022, was signed by Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Rail, and Jozo Imaz, CEO of the Spanish company CAF’s train fleet, in the presence of Inigo de Palacio, Ambassador of the United Kingdom. of Spain, the State, in addition to several officials from both parties. The agreement was signed at the construction site of the first passenger train station in downtown Fujairah, in the Sukkum region.
Under the agreement, the Spanish company CAF will design, manufacture, supply and maintain passenger trains according to projects that meet approved European standards, with a single train accommodating more than 400 passengers, at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour. The Spanish company CAF is one of the largest companies in the world with over 100 years of experience in the rail sector and passenger transport services.
The passenger train will connect 11 cities and regions in the commodity country to Fujairah, including Al Ruwais, Al Mirfa, Dubai, Sharjah, Al Dhaid and Abu Dhabi. Passenger transport services will allow travelers to plan their trips between the Emirates and the country’s cities more efficiently, starting with booking tickets to their final destinations and will help them save Travel time ranges from 30% to 40 % compared to other ground transportation as it will only take 50 minutes to travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai by train, and from Dubai to Fujairah only 50 minutes, and from Abu Dhabi to Ruwais only 70 minutes, and from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah 100 a minute.
It is worth mentioning that Etihad Rail has recently signed three memoranda of understanding with the Spanish national railway company “Renfe” and the two British companies, “High Speed One” and “GB Rail Variety”, with the aim of improving forms of cooperation, exchanging knowledge, experiences and best practices in the areas of rail services and freight and passenger train operations, during the activities of the Middle East Railway Conference 2022, which the company hosted last May.
And last February, Etihad Rail signed an agreement with First Abu Dhabi Bank to finance the 1.990 billion dirham passenger rail services project as part of the UAE’s national rail program. The bank will act as the main approved organizer of the loan.
last packet path
The route of the last package of the second phase of the “Etihad Train” project stretches over a distance of 145 km, connecting the borders of the Emirate of Dubai and Sharjah, passing through the Emirate of Fujairah and reaching Ras Al Khaimah, and includes 54 bridges and 20 animal passes. It also includes the construction of 9 tunnels that run through the Hajar Mountains at a distance of 6.9 km, including the longest rail tunnel for heavy loads in the Arabian Gulf region at 1.8 km in length. This path has the advantage of passing through one of the most difficult geographical areas due to the mountainous terrain that surrounds it.
In November 2021, the company announced the completion of the drilling of all rail tunnels on this track, two months in advance and in accordance with the highest standards of safety and sustainability, using the latest tunnel boring machines and the best modern technologies, which is an addition to the project’s safety history.
sustainability and reliability
The national rail network supports the growth of the national economy with an environmentally friendly, efficient, sustainable, safe and economical transport system. The network uses state-of-the-art locomotives to reduce emissions, as the carbon emissions from trains are 70-80% lower than the carbon emissions generated by Trucks of the same amount, each train trip is equivalent to a load of 300 trucks.
Etihad Rail adopts international best practices and continuously conducts Environmental Impact Assessment Studies (EIAs) to reduce the impact of the UAE’s national rail network on the environment during its planning, construction and operations.