The agreement includes the transport of construction materials from Fujairah to Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s National Rail Network, recently signed a strategic partnership with Western Bainoona Group. Etihad Rail will deliver rail freight services to the Group for their construction materials from Western Bainoona Group’s facilities in Fujairah to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The agreement comes following the directives of HE Sheikh Theyab Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail, to enable a sustainable and efficient mode of transport that bolsters the UAE’s economy.
The partnership is one of Etihad Rail’s largest commercial partnerships for Stage Two of the UAE’s National Rail Project. 4.5mn tonnes of Western Bainoona Group’s aggregates will be transported annually on 643 trains from the Group’s facilities in Fujairah to logistics hubs in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) and Dubai Industrial City.
The length of each train will be around one kilometre. Etihad Rail is allocating 70 wagons for each train, with an approximate capacity of 7,000 tonnes per trip. The partnership will reduce road traffic by 120,000 truck trips annually.
“We look to leverage the freight solutions provided by the UAE National Rail Network, bolstering and facilitating trade between the emirates,” commented Mohammed Khalfan Al Hameli, Chairman, Western Bainoona Group.
“Etihad Rail is pleased to sign the one of the largest agreements for Stage Two of UAE National Rail Network, adding Western Bainoona Group to our list of partners,” remarked Mohamed Al Marzooqi, Executive Director, Rail Relations Sector, Etihad Rail.