Etihad Rail was formed in 2009 with a mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE’s national railway. The railway is being built to link the principal centers of industry, manufacturing, production, population and import/export points of the UAE, and will form a vital part of the planned GCC railway network.
Built to globally accepted standards, Etihad Rail’s state-of-the-art network will improve the way goods and people move, opening up new trade corridors and journey opportunities. Etihad Rail is being developed in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and UAE Vision 2021, which in turn contribute to economic diversification through strategic initiatives set to bolster UAE socioeconomic growth and diversification.
Rail Benefits (40 YEARS)
21 Billion - Tourism Generated
23 Billion - Wider Economic Benefits
7 Billion - Maintenance on Roads Saved
20 Billion - Accident Reductions: 670 Crashes, 52 Deaths p/year
21 Billion - Reduction of Emissions
10 Billion - Travel Time Savings
84 Billion - Transport Cost Savings
Rail’s Multiplier Effect On Economic & Social
Rail will reduce approximately 70-80% of the emissions compared to trucks carrying the same amount of goods.
Rail contributes to reducing the transport users’ environmental burden on society with its exceptionally low total external costs.
Specific CO2 emissions per transport mode
(28.39 gCO2 /pkm)
(101.61 gCO2 /pkm)
(244.09 gCO2 /pkm)
(15.6 gCO2 /pkm)
(50.62 gCO2 /pkm)
(139.8 gCO2 /pkm)
Direct Benefits Of Rail
Rail is safer, faster and more reliable for freight and passengers compared to existing modes of transport, especially on congested routes.
Customizable solutions and value-added services for freight transport, facilitating businesses to provide better services to their customers.
Lower road maintenance spending requirements, mainly due to the switch from HGV (Heavy Good Vehicles) to rail for freight transport.
Creation of jobs for highly talented males and females related to the railway.
Reduction in CO2 emissions and Nitrogen Oxides(NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM10).
Overall reduction in transportation costs in the long run.
InDirect Benefits Of Rail
Better access to leisure, education and healthcare for residents and tourists across the UAE due to shorter travel times and lower travel costs.
Increase in economic output and sustainable economic development as a result of:
Indirect job creation across multiple industries (multiplier effect)
Access to newer markets and widening customer base for local firms facing transport constraints
Higher valuations of undeveloped and inaccessible areas in the UAE, based on rail’s potential of making those areas more accessible and contributing to their sustainable development.