Anticipated Victory of UAE Rail Linkages

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By 2018, the 2,177-km-long GCC rail network linking all six Gulf States by rail for the firstAnticipated Victory of UAE Rail Linkages time to provide an alternative route to air or sea travel for both goods and passengers in the region will be fully operational. Its completion is expected to create big success not only for UAE but as well to other 5 countries linked by the railway.
The capital city, Abu Dhabi is leading the GCC rail network with its Dh40 billion Etihad Rail project. It will link major industrial zones, cities and ports in the UAE, and will eventually connect with the GCC railway. It will be vital for the union of the sources of raw materials, industrial areas, ports and major population centers.
“The designs of the nearly $200 billion (Dh734 billion) network, which will run down the Gulf coast from Kuwait, through Saudi Arabia, to the UAE and Oman, with branches linking Bahrain and Qatar, will be completed by the end of this year or in the first quarter of next year. Construction on the network is to start in 2014-15 and it will be fully operational in 2018,” an officer’s statement during the Mena Rail and Metro Summit held in Abu Dhabi.
The Etihad Rail network will cover Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.