Etihad Rail announces rail freight terminal

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national rail network, and Dubai Industrial City, one of the region’s largest manufacturing and logistics hubs, part of TECOM Group, have announced the construction of a state-of-the-art 5.5 million sq ft cargo terminal.

The terminal, which is the result of cooperation between Etihad Rail and Dubai Industrial City over the past years, will enhance the UAE’s position as an international trade hub and increase Dubai’s global competitiveness in manufacturing, logistics, transport, trade and investment. This is in line with the UAE’s railway development programme, which aims to facilitate trade by connecting the country’s industrial and manufacturing hubs and opening up new trade routes.

The announcement of the railway freight terminal was attended by His Excellency Eng. Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Rail; H.E. Malek Al Malek, CEO of Dubai Development Authority and CEO of TECOM Group; Abdulla Belhoul, Chief Commercial Officer of TECOM Group; Saud Abu Alshawareb, Managing Director of Dubai Industrial City, and other officials and key representatives.

The rail freight terminal will complement Dubai and the UAE’s advanced infrastructure and modern transport network, strengthening the country’s position as a gateway to the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

The new terminal relies on the proximity of Dubai Industrial City to Jebel Ali Port and Al Maktoum International Airport, which enables hundreds of companies to reach two-thirds of the world’s population in eight hours. It will provide a number of benefits for the 780 business partners in Dubai Industrial City and surrounding areas, primarily through increased efficiency and reduced costs.

The eco-friendly terminal will be the latest mode of transport in Dubai and will complete a comprehensive mobility network that includes one of the world’s busiest airports for international travel, the region’s largest port and state-of-the-art infrastructure across the country.

Construction in Dubai Industrial City is part of Etihad Rail’s ongoing efforts to maximize the benefits of the National Rail project. Spread over 550 million square feet, Dubai Industrial City is a major business district for local and regional manufacturing and logistics and is strategically located close to Jebel Ali Port, Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai’s high-speed road network.

The industrial centre has a number of logistics facilities and significant warehouse space covering 4.3 million square feet. With this capacity, the centre offers a suitable location for construction materials and machinery, reducing storage costs and improving the efficiency of companies located in the area. Dubai Industrial City is expected to attract additional light and medium-sized industries and businesses in a variety of sectors.

By integrating Dubai Industrial City into the UAE National Rail Network, more than 780 companies operating in the industrial hub, which provides direct access to Dubai’s main highways, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, will benefit from Etihad Rail’s time-saving, cost-effective and efficient rail solutions. In addition, over 280 factories in Dubai Industrial City will also be able to benefit from Etihad Rail’s transport solution, improving the transport solutions available to these companies and supporting wider industrial growth in the UAE.

The new terminal is located on Etihad Rail’s network that runs from Seih Shuaib to Dubai and Sharjah, and is an important part of the UAE National Rail’s second phase of construction. As construction continues during this phase, Etihad Rail continues to develop strategic partnerships with a number of key organisations.

The UAE National Rail will contribute to the wider economic growth of the country through an efficient, sustainable, safe and cost-effective transport network. Locomotives on the network are equipped with advanced carbon dioxide reduction technology, reducing carbon emissions by 70-80%. One goods train can carry as many goods as 300 trucks.

Etihad Rail has also adopted international best practice and continuously conducts Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) to minimise the environmental impact of the railway at all stages of its planning, development, construction and operation.

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