Upon completion, Etihad Rail network, will span about 1,200km across UAE
Etihad Rail – the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network – has surpassed more than 10 million working man-hours, or over 250 days, with zero lost-time injuries, t firm announced in a media statement.
It noted that this achievement is an indicator of its commitment to ensuring that safety remains a core value of the UAE’s national railway network. The Etihad Rail project is managed by a joint venture between Parsons and Aecom.
“This 10 million-hours figure is a significant milestone for us, particularly considering the challenging desert conditions of the Western Region,” said Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO, Etihad Rail.
“This achievement, which includes time dedicated to the testing and commissioning of trains since September 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.”
Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network, which will cater to both freight and passengers, will span approximately 1,200 kilometres across the UAE.
It will connect urban and peripheral communities, facilitate trade, open up communication channels and foster economic development across all the emirates in the UAE.
The network will also form a vital part of the GCC railway network, linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.