ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 18 February, 2019: His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council, Chairman of Etihad Rail, attended today the signing of a Head of Terms between Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway, with Abu Dhabi Ports, the operator of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, as well as Fujairah Terminals and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), to connect Khalifa Port to the national railway network.

The agreement was signed at Khalifa Port, where His Highness toured the port and was briefed on the work progress at the Khalifa Port Maritime Traffic Control Center, which provides a number of services to ensure the safety of maritime navigation in the ports of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, including controlling the movement of ships and securing and facilitating their access and departure to and from territorial waters.

His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed affirmed: “The signing of a Head of Terms between Etihad Rail and Abu Dhabi Ports will have a positive impact on many sectors of the national economy and society. Today, with more than half of the cargo going to and from the GCC entering and exiting through UAE ports, the link will significantly enhance the capacity of the port and strengthen the UAE’s position as a leading global logistics and commercial hub.” H.H pointed out that the rail terminal capacity at Khalifa Port is expected to be the largest of its kind within the UAE, accommodating 2.4 million containers yearly.

H.H. added, “The Etihad Rail facility at Khalifa Port will enhance the efficiency of its infrastructure as well as the ability to increase its capacity in a more economical and reliable way. One train will have the ability to carry the load of 300 trucks. That is why it will be capable of providing competitive services and will create opportunities for businesses to gain an edge in key markets.”