Etihad Rail Project in Abu Dhabi Celebrates Safety Milestone

Parsons, an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm, has announced that the Etihad Rail Project in Abu Dhabi has surpassed more than 10 million manhours worked (over 250 days) with zero lost-time injuries. The Etihad Rail project is managed by a joint venture between Parsons and AECOM.

This significant safety achievement is a clear indication of Etihad Rail’s commitment to ensuring that safety is a core value throughout the project’s life cycle—from project inception and construction to commercial operations.

Etihad Rail, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) national railway network, is a 1,200-km freight and passenger railway network that will serve the entire UAE and form part of the Gulf Cooperation Council rail system connecting the UAE to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

Commenting on the achievement, Eng. Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail said, “This achievement, which includes time dedicated to the testing and commissioning of trains since September of last year, reflects that the high safety standards of the rail industry have carried over into Etihad Rail’s activities prior to the launch of commercial operations."

Guy Mehula, Parsons MEA President added, “The Parsons–AECOM joint venture has worked very closely with Etihad Rail and has implemented a robust safety program for a project of such uniqueness and magnitude. We are proud of the safety culture that led to this significant milestone.”

Since its formation in 2009, Etihad Rail has implemented internationally recognized Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) standards and best practices throughout the construction and operation of the railway. The shared commitment and combined efforts of the Etihad Rail and program management consultant teams have seen the application of stringent HSE policies and standards enforced on site for all partners, employees, neighbors, and other key stakeholders in the surrounding areas of the railway.

Parsons has been working in the MEA region (Middle East Africa) for more than 60 years and has offices in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain. Parsons’ portfolio of ongoing projects in the MEA region includes major highways, bridges, rail and transit, airports, ports, water infrastructure, plus hospitals, public schools, universities, mosques, and other public buildings.

About Parsons

Parsons, celebrating 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on transportation, environmental/industrial, and defense/security. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please

About Etihad Rail

Etihad Rail was established in June 2009 under Federal Law no. 2, with a mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway network. Being built in three stages, the railway network will link the principal centres of population and industry of the UAE, and will form a vital part of the planned GCC railway network across the six countries of the GCC. Construction on Stage One is well underway, with services between Habshan and Ruwais already operational on a testing basis since September 2013, and the sleeper factory in Mirfa fully functional. Tendering is in progress for Stage Two, which will connect the railway to Mussafah, Khalifa and Jebel Ali ports and will see the railway extend to the Saudi and Omani borders. To date, Etihad Rail has signed more than 20 Memorandums of Understanding with a number of customers throughout the Emirates – in industries ranging from petrochemicals and agriculture to aggregates and waste – all of whom recognise rail as the preferred mode of transport for their goods. Built to international standards, Etihad Rail’s state-of-the-art network will span approximately 1,200 km, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and sustained social development. Upon completion, the railway will redefine logistics and transport in the region, providing a modern, safe, efficient and sustainable mode of transport that will connect all regions of the UAE to its neighbouring GCC countries.