Chairman’s Message

As the UAE enters another stage of its march of progress, the nation continues to thrive on its journey towards achieving sustainable economic diversification as part of the UAE Vision 2021. As the first railway network in the country, Etihad Rail will act as a catalyst for economic growth and sustained social development, in line with the UAE leadership’s vision and the dynamic development plan initiated by our founding father the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as consolidated by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in conjunction with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Etihad Rail’s objective is to connect the country’s principal commercial, industrial, and residential hubs through a state-of-the-art freight and passenger network, and establish a dynamic link to the wider GCC network, while diversifying resources and strengthening the country’s non-oil economy.

The project is a key contributor to the country’s transference into a knowledge-based economy, offering a vast range of social, economic and environmental benefits to the UAE through widespread job creation, safe, reliable and secure transportation, sustainable environmental preservation and inward investment encouragement, positioning the UAE as a global hub for industry, commerce, innovation and investment.

Stage One of the network, linking Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais, has a proven track record in we which we take great pride. Our team of specialised experts, engineers and contractors are relentlessly working to ensure that the UAE is able to utilise a fully-fledged operational rail network, once more reinforcing the UAE’s position as a global economic hub.

I would like to underline our unwavering commitment to the completion of our national rail network as Etihad Rail continues to prosper and make history. We are working closely with our partners and stakeholders to create a modern, high quality, federal transportation system. We will always remain true to our founding values, setting standards of excellence in everything we do to contribute to achieving the desired objectives of the United Arab Emirates for generations to come.

H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Chairman of the Board of Directors