The MoU offers Etihad Rail the benefit of ET’s integrated vehicle and maintenance services, in addition to security services along Etihad Rail sites.
With both entities being part of the UAE’s burgeoning transportation industry, the combination of Etihad Rail’s extensive network with ET’s established presence in the UAE signifies a natural alignment, where two different modes of transport will be enabled to complement one another. As part of the agreement, ET may provide container leasing; cleaning and courier services; security services; and, the leasing, maintenance and recovery of vehicles.
Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network – which will cater to both freight and passengers – will span approximately 1,200 kilometres across the Emirates. It will connect urban and peripheral communities, facilitate trade, open up communication channels and foster economic development. 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. The tendering process is already in progress for Stage Two, which will connect the railway to Mussafah, the Gulf ports of Khalifa and Jebel Ali, and the Saudi and Omani borders. Preliminary engineering for Stage Three, which will connect the rest of the Northern Emirates, is also well underway.