The Board of Directors of Etihad Airways, the developer and operator of the national rail network in the UAE, has approved the tender for civil works and construction of the second phase of the UAE National Railways to connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai, worth 4.4 billion dirhams.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Thiab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Executive Council Member of Abu Dhabi, Chairman of Etihad Airways.
The B beam extends 216 kilometers, while the C beam extends 94 kilometers and forms part of the second phase, which extends 605 kilometers from Ghweifat to Fujairah on the east coast.
HH Sheikh Dhiaab Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan witnessed the signing of the contract by the Union of Railways Company for a contract with the Gantoot Transport and General Contracting Company and the China Railways Construction Company, which was awarded the second phase B and C packages.
The agreement was signed by Eng. Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Airways Company, Wang Jensuq, Vice Chairman of China Railway Construction Company and Ali Mohammed Sadiq Al Baloushi, Chairman of Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting Company.
HH Sheikh Dhiyab Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE National Railways, described the UAE National Railways as one of the most important economic and development projects. He pointed out in this regard his role in raising the performance of the transport and goods sector throughout the country. The means of transport on which states depend on achieving economic and social goals.
“Etihad Railways is setting new prospects for development, transport and communications and is moving forward to strengthen the transport sector in the UAE through the tremendous progress achieved in the completion of the national rail network in the country as a safe, modern and sustainable national railway network,” he said.
He added that Etihad’s strategy is to build a railway network that meets the needs and aspirations of customers. MoUs have been signed with national companies operating in different industries, which have chosen the railway network to meet their diverse needs. At lower cost, and more efficiently than traditional transport.
He explained that the launch of the B and C packages from the second phase is a continuation of the second phase of the project, which links the UAE and meets its future aspirations. It is particularly important as it links Khalifa Port in Khalifa Industrial City (Kizad) to Jebel Ali Port. Strategic ports in the country and industrial areas that extend 310 kilometers. It is the backbone of the national railway network, which is working to upgrade the transport and shipping sector in the UAE by linking ports with economic, industrial and residential areas.
He also praised the efforts of the Board members in achieving the strategy of the Union of Railways and meet their aspirations for the future, and praised His Highness for their hard work.
The work of the Phase II project is focused on the design and construction of the railway infrastructure, including drilling, bridges, tunnels, main and subsidiary stations, linking package B to package A and package C of package B of the second phase of the network, valued at 4.4 Billion dirham, which will include a double track.
On the other hand, Union Rail Company is working to connect the rest of the UAE by awarding the remaining contracts in the coming months.
It is worth noting that Union Rail has signed a contract agreement with the Alliance of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East LLC and SK Engineering & Construction, in an effort to complete the 1,200 km long national rail network, It is an integral part of the GCC rail network.
Etihad Airways was established in June 2009 pursuant to Federal Decree No. 2 to develop and operate the UAE’s passenger and cargo rail network. A railway network will be established to link the most important residential and industrial centers in the UAE, which will form an important part of the network. The planned rail link between the GCC countries.
The first phase, which was operated and delivered in accordance with the budget and time, was successfully completed and estimated at 264 km. It is intended for transporting sulfur granules from its sources in the Shah and Habshan field to the export point at Ruwais port.
The railway network will operate according to the latest technologies adopted for operating systems, according to the highest international standards, and will extend the railway network to cover an estimated distance of 1200 kilometers, driving the wheel of economic growth and enhanced by the social sustainable development.
source: etihad Rail