About Etihad Rail

Etihad Rail was established in June 2009 under Federal Law No. 2, with the mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway network. The railway network will link the principal centres of population and industry of the UAE, and will form a vital part of the planned railway network across the GCC.

Transforming the logistics sector

Built to the very highest international standards, Etihad Rail’s state-of-the-art network will act as a catalyst for economic growth and sustained social development. The railway will redefine logistics and transport in the region, providing a modern, safe, efficient and sustainable network which will connect the seven emirates of the UAE to its neighbouring GCC countries.
The cost-effective railway network incorporates energy efficiency and sustainability while providing unique solutions for freight movement, distribution, handling, logistics and clearances.

Our Vision

Safely and sustainably connecting regions and integrating industries through rail-based transport.

Our Mission

To develop and operate safe, sustainable and cost-efficient rail solutions; connecting the UAE and serving clients, industries and society with passion.



Etihad Rail is committed to ensuring that safety is at the forefront of everything it does, without exception. Safety is an integral character of its business model and is firmly entrenched in their culture: the safety of its people, its clients and the general public is its first and foremost concern.

Connectivity and Economic Growth

Etihad Rail is connecting the country’s key centres of trade, industry and population, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and sustaining social development.

Efficiency & Sustainability

Etihad Rail offers a range of cutting-edge benefits: it is faster, safer, more reliable, and offers more environmentally sustainable services than alternative modes of transport.
Economically, the rail network will inspire businesses to use their time and resources more efficiently, enabling them to redirect their assets and grow with Etihad Rail.
The rail network encourages alternative and new industries by creating a brand new transport system that complements the existing infrastructure and thus contributes to economic sustainability.

The Story So Far…

Etihad Rail is led by a board and executive team with rich international experience in project and railway management. Stage One, now fully operational, was delivered on schedule and within budget, and Etihad Rail, through its operator, Etihad Rail DB, has the capacity to transport 22,000 tonnes of granulated sulphur each day from its sources at Habshan and Shah to its point of processing and export at Ruwais. More than 20 million tonnes have been carried in total to date. Etihad Rail Stage One has a successful track record over the last four years without a Lost Time Incident and with Zero Loss Time Injuries.
The UAE Ministry of Finance and the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance have signed an agreement for the financing of Stage Two of the Etihad Rail national rail network. Stage Two will extend 605 kilometres from Ghuweifat on the border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah on the UAE’s east coast, to be followed by future route additions. The volume of goods transported on the full network will increase from the current seven million tonnes per year on Stage One, to more than fifty million tonnes annually.

PMC & Engineering Contracts for Stage Two, which runs from Ghuweifat to Fujairah, have been awarded for a five-year period covering development and supervision of the next phase from Ghuweifat to Fujairah, invitations to tender have been issued, and contracts will soon be awarded.