The railway length is 256 km and required 47 million hours of work
HH. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and HH Sheikh Theyab Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and Chairman, Etihad Rail, recently witnessed the connection of Abu Dhabi and Dubai with a direct railway within the UAE National Rail Network, in a major development within the largest infrastructure project in the UAE.
Their Highnesses installed the final piece on the railway track, marking the start of a new phase of logistic and economic integration between the two emirates, and in preparation for linking the rest of the emirates to an integrated national railway network in the UAE.
The completion of the main railway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai comes within the framework of ‘The UAE Railway Programme’ which was launched as a part of the Projects of the 50, with an investment worth of AED 50bn US$ (US$ 13.61bn).
The UAE Railway Programme includes a national network of railway projects that would link the seven emirates. The programme is expected to create economic opportunities amounting to AED 200bn (US$ 54.45bn).
HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum affirmed that the UAE Railway Programme reflects UAE’s ambitions and aspirations to start the next fifty years with huge development projects that enhance its position as a leading regional and global centre in the sectors of trade, economy and logistics services.
HH Sheikh Theyab Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed the importance of completing the main railway of the UAE National Rail Network which connect the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai to Sharjah, in connecting the cities and industries to a safe and sustainable rail network.
HH Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed affirmed that the completion of the main railway will enhance the strategic position of the project at the transport and infrastructure levels and contributes to the promotion of sustainable development in the UAE, and the consolidation of its position to remain in the first ranks at the regional and global levels.
The railway which length is 256 km and is designed based on the highest international standards and specifications concerned with environmental aspects, safety and quality, will play a pivotal role in developing the UAE National Rail Network, facilitate goods transportation within the UAE and reduce transportation costs. The railway includes 29 bridges, 60 crossings and 137 drainage channels. The total excavation and backfill work amounted 46mn cbm, with the participation of 13,300 workers, recording more than 47mn working hours.