The Etihad Rail Story


Etihad Rail was established in June 2009, under Federal Law No. 02, with the mandate of managing the development, construction and operation of the United Arab Emirates’ national freight and passenger railway network.

Etihad Rail is the developer and operator of the UAE national railway network that is connecting the country’s key centres of trade, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and sustaining economic development.

Etihad Rail will enhance economic growth by connecting key centres of industry and transport with urban, suburban and remote communities, by sustaining trade, boosting industrial development and supporting the long-term growth of the national economy

The railway network is being built in phases to link the principal centres of trade, industry and population of the UAE, as well as forming a vital component of the planned GCC railway network.

UAE Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030

In 2010, the United Arab Emirates’ Government launched UAE Vision 2021, which sets the key themes for the social and economic development of the UAE, calling for a shift to a diversified and knowledge-based economy.
The United Arab Emirates’ national railway project is fully aligned with these objectives, to develop and maintain diversification of the UAE economy by creating a national railway network to connect the UAE’s key centres of trade, industry and population – an integral element of the nation’s vision.
Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 forms the roadmap for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It aims to increase GDP contributions from non-oil sectors to over 60% by the year 2030, with twelve strategic industry sectors identified, including transportation and logistics. Etihad Rail is one of the key economic projects for this growth and diversification.

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.
Etihad Rail will enhance economic growth by connecting key centres of industry and transport with urban, suburban and remote communities, by sustaining trade, boosting industrial development and supporting the long-term growth of the national economy.

Vision

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

Mission

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

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 tons 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 kilometers 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.

Stage Two PMC & Engineering Contracts have been awarded for a 5 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.

Principles

Safety

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

Connectivity and Economic Growth

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway, is connecting the country’s key centers 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.

ER Values

Strategic Objectives