UAE National Rail Network connects Abu Dhabi and Dubai by direct railway

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail, witnessed the connection of Abu Dhabi and Dubai by direct rail as part of the “UAE National Rail Network”, a major event in the UAE’s largest infrastructure project.

Their Highnesses installed the last element on the railroad track, marking the beginning of a new phase of logistical and economic integration between the two emirates, as well as preparations to connect the remaining emirates into a single UAE national rail network.

The completion of the main railroad between Abu Dhabi and Dubai is part of the UAE Railway Program, which was launched as part of the 50 billion dirham investment projects. The UAE Railway Program includes a national network of rail projects that will connect seven emirates. The program is expected to create AED 200 billion worth of economic opportunities.

Maktoum bin Mohammed affirmed that the UAE Railway Program reflects the UAE’s ambitions and aspirations to begin the next fifty years with huge development projects that will strengthen its position as a leading regional and global center in the sectors of trade, economy and logistics services.

He added: “The completion of the main railroad of the UAE National Rail Network project between Dubai and Abu Dhabi represents an important turning point that shows the enormous benefits of this national project in connecting all the emirates of the country and improving the transport process between industrial and economic centers, as well as facilitating transportation within the UAE.”

Sheikh Maktoum emphasized: “The economic impact of connecting Abu Dhabi and Dubai through the UAE National Rail Network will be evident for many years to come. A tremendous achievement under the presidency of my brother Sheikh Teyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed; the project will enhance the UAE’s competitiveness and strengthen the spirit of union between the emirates.”

Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed stressed the importance of completing the main railroad of the “UAE National Rail Network,” which connects the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai to Sharjah, to connect cities and industries to a safe and sustainable rail network.

He added: “The completion of the main railroad will strengthen the project’s strategic position at the transport and infrastructure levels, and contribute to promoting the UAE’s sustainable development and strengthening their position to remain at the forefront regionally and globally.”

During their visit, their highnesses praised the efforts of Etihad Rail employees who are working efficiently to develop the UAE National Rail Network project in accordance with the approved timeline and in cooperation with all relevant authorities, at federal and local levels, and are constantly striving to provide full support to this national and strategic project.

Designed in accordance with the highest international standards and specifications regarding environmental, safety and quality aspects, the 256 km long railroad will play a key role in the development of the UAE National Rail Network, facilitate the transportation of goods across the UAE and reduce transportation costs.

The railroad includes 29 bridges, 60 crossings, and 137 drainage channels. The excavation and backfill work totaled 46 million cubic meters and involved 13,300 workers, recording more than 47 million working hours.

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