Etihad Rail to construct terminal at Dubai Industrial City

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Etihad Rail, the developer of the UAE’s rail network and Dubai’s second-largest industrialEtihad Rail  to construct  terminal at Dubai Industrial City centre signed an initial agreement for the construction of a public freight terminal connecting Dubai Industrial City to the country’s other major industrial and logistics hubs. The agreement will help enhance as automotive logistics emerge in the region by concentrating all types of cargo in one strategic location. The contracts are expected to be awarded before the year ends.
The plan has a lay-out of about 1,200kilometres of track by 2018 of which the first phase is a 264km stretching between Habshan and Ruwais that will transport sulphur from inland gas facilities to the coast, to be completed this year. The target terminal will cater non-bonded or non-free zone areas transport in Dubai and will be part of the second phase of development of the 628km of track. This track will connect all major cities and to other industrial centers, and link the country to a region-wide rail network via Saudi Arabia and Oman. The completion of the second phase will allow the DIC to be linked by rail to the ports of Jebel Ali, Fujairah, Mussafah and the Khalifa Port in Taweelah.
The planned rail terminal will include automotive, extensive container and bulk-handling facilities. Local car dealers like Al Rostamani Group, Al Habtoor Motors, Gargash Motors, and Al Nabooda Automobiles will use it as a logistics centre, which could help in expanding DIC operations to cater to international markets. Further, the rail terminal is expected to help grow the industrial park which comprises 55 square kilometers and would imply a significant improvement.
The Etihad Rail is part of the GCC network that will help to speed economic integration within the region which is of similar effect to KSA’s railway network of about 1,300km track connecting Riyadh to the kingdom’s oil hub.