Chairman’s Message

“Construction of the UAE’s cutting-edge national rail network exemplifies this nation’s determination in developing a fully diversified economy.”

It also reflects the wise vision of its leadership in having a varied, sustainable economy that maintains and honours the comprehensive development process initiated by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, reinforced by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and implemented under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Transportation and logistics are two of the strategic economic sectors which make up the UAE Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Etihad Rail, as a major constituent part of the sector, has the responsibility of providing safe, reliable and sustainable transportation for freight and passengers within the UAE by building a nationwide integrated railway network that connects the country’s main commercial, industrial, and residential hubs.

The specialized personnel of Etihad Rail, supported by teams of world-class engineers and contractors, are putting our leaders’ vision into practice. We have seen the fruits of the project’s main features taking effect as the 264-kilometer Stage One, connecting Shah and Habshan sulphur fields to Ruwais Port from where it is distributed and exported, was delivered successfully, on time, within budget, and is fully operational. Etihad Rail Stage One is delivering a modern, safe, cost efficient and environmentally friendly service, set to grow and develop as we move forward to Stage Two of the project, helping to drive economic growth and social development in the UAE by diversifying resources and strengthening the country’s non-oil economy.

The Founding Fathers of the UAE have been recognised internationally for their timeless legacy of leadership, generosity, and compassion. Their spectacular achievements have facilitated the country’s ability to assume a position of pre-eminence locally, regionally and internationally, to play responsible political and economic roles and to contribute to the stability and security of the region. We are following in their footsteps, rightfully proud of our country and committed to making every effort to achieving their vision of a strong and prosperous state, ensuring security, prosperity, welfare, and happiness for all people, through sacrifice, loyalty and hard work.

Etihad Rail is leading the nation into a prosperous, thriving future, not just for today’s generation, but for many generations to come.”

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