UAE launches rail and transport projects worth AED50 billion

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UAE launches rail and transport projects worth AED50 billion

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United Arab Emirates (Urban Transport News): The Government in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, United Arab Emirates, Announced the launch of the UAE Railways programme, the largest integrated system for the transport of goods and passengers across the country.

The program constitutes an integrated strategy for the railway sector in the UAE for the coming decades, as it includes a national network of railway projects that connect the emirate and the country’s major cities. The first phase of Etihad Rail has been fully operational since 2016, with opportunities to expand beyond the borders of the UAE.

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The UAE Railways program is part of the ’50 Projects’, a series of developmental and economic projects aimed at accelerating the UAE’s development, transforming it into a comprehensive hub in all sectors and establishing itself as an ideal destination for talent. position is to be established. investor.

The UAE Railways program was launched during a special event celebrating over 50 projects held at Expo 2020 in Dubai. The event highlighted the objectives of the program and the phases of the “Etihad Rail” project, which links Ghuwaifat on the border with Saudi Arabia. to the port of Fujairah on the Arabian East Coast.

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, “Etihad Rail is the biggest project to strengthen the union’s strength for the next fifty years. It will connect 11 major cities and regions of the UAE.

His Highness said: “UAE’s infrastructure is among the best in the world, and Etihad will further enhance the UAE’s excellence in the rail logistics sector. The project is in line with the UAE’s environmental policy and will reduce carbon emissions by 70-80%. will decrease.”

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His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said, “The National Railway Program reflects the true meaning of integration into our national economic system, as we see the greatest partnership between government entities at the federal and local levels. Comes to support a national vision of facilitating population movement, connecting major centers of production, opening up new trade routes and creating the most developed work and life environments in the region.”

His Highness Sheikh Theyyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail, said that the UAE Railways program is an important milestone in the road transport sector and a true reflection of the ‘principles of the nation’. 50′.

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His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that the UAE Railways program provides an opportunity to train Emirati talent and enable them to lead this important sector in the future.

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Shadi Malak, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Rail, said that Etihad Rail is operated by Emirati talent, who have had an exceptional experience during phases one and two, pointing out that the UAE Railways program is expected to increase from 9000 to 9000 by 2030. Provides more jobs.

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Malak said the rail passenger service will enhance the transportation system across the UAE, allowing passengers to travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 50 minutes and from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah in 100 minutes.

Engg. Kholoud Al Mazrouei, Deputy Project Director of Etihad Rail, said that Etihad Rail supports the public transport system in the UAE, pointing out that major milestones have been achieved during the current phase which includes over 30 million tonnes of granulated sulfur ( equivalent to the equivalent). About 2.8 million truck trips.

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three strategic projects

The UAE Railways program aims to develop a sustainable road transport system that supports economic development efforts in all sectors, including the environment, industry and tourism. The program also aims to connect the emirates of the United Arab Emirates and provide a reliable transportation system.

The investment of the UAE Railways program is AED50 billion, 70% of which targets the local market. The program contributes to providing over 9,000 jobs in the railway sector and allied sectors by 2030.

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The program contributes to reducing carbon emissions by 70-80% over the next 50 years, a move that supports the UAE’s efforts to preserve the environment and achieve its goal of carbon neutrality.

The UAE Railways program consists of three major projects; The first project is freight rail, which includes Etihad Rail freight services.

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The second project is a rail passenger service that aims to connect 11 cities from Al Silla to Fujairah with the UAE. At a speed of 200 km/h, Rail Passenger will connect 11 cities within the UAE, with passengers traveling from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 50 minutes and from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah in 100 minutes.

By 2030, the number of passengers is expected to reach more than 36.5 million annually.

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The third project is Integrated Transport Services, where an innovation center will be set up to ensure the integration of smart transportation solutions. The network of light rail will be linked to the rail passenger system to facilitate transportation within UAE cities.

Additionally, smart applications and solutions will also be developed for planning and booking travel, integrating logistics operations, port and customs services, and providing integrated logistics solutions.

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The UAE Railways program creates enormous economic opportunities amounting to AED200 billion; Projected benefits of road maintenance AED8 billion, reducing carbon emissions amount to AED21 billion, in addition to achieving an estimated tourism benefit of AED23 billion during the next 50 years, meanwhile the public benefit on the UAE economy will reach AED23 billion.

Etihad Rail

The first phase (commercial activity) of Etihad Rail started in January 2016. Etihad Rail has transported over 30 million tonnes of granulated sulfur (equivalent to approximately 2.8 million truck trips).

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Phase two construction was started in 2018, where 70% was achieved in less than 24 months despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Etihad Rail took up the project as per its clearly defined goals and comprehensive work. Continuing to advance and fulfill. Plan.

180 organizations are collaborating and over 40,000 official documents have been issued. Over 3,000 construction sites across the country employ 27,000 people and achieve 76 million working hours.

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