Etihad Rail has been bestowed security authorizations by the Federal Transport Authority, which will facilitate it to start commercial operations on the first leg of its course.
According to Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the Minister of Public Works and the FTA chairman, they are very delighted to have given these significant security approvals for the first stage of the national rail network in UAE.
The Etihad Rail chairman, Nasser Alsowaidi averred that the commencement of commercial operations is one of the biggest highlights they have accomplished so far.
The 264-kilometre direction from Shah and Habshan to Ruwais is the first stage of a designed 1,200 kilometre direction across the Emirates that will link the UAE to its Gulf neighbouring countries including Saudi Arabia to the west and Oman to the east.
Etihad Rail will at first start as a commercial railway, allowing corporations to transport heavy goods by rail in Abu Dhabi. Two daily trains will each carry 11,000 tonnes of sulphur across the route. The railway will bring seven million tonnes of sulphur when it is at complete capacity.
Etihad Rail’s second leg is a course linking the first stage to the Saudi boundary at the rail’s western point, the Omani boundary and to the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai to the north-east.
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