Social Benefits

Etihad Rail’s services will contribute significantly to a number of key development strategies within the UAE. When passenger carriage is added to the network, the railway will connect rural areas to cities to suburbs, improving transport availability, facilitating people movement and generating wider economic benefits for these areas.

As the railway line connects more areas within the UAE and GCC, various industries and communities will also expand. The region will experience more economic, social and cultural growth in the form of new job opportunities, industrial diversification and much more.
The value of time saved, due, for example, to reduced road delays by car, bus or taxi, and freight users who shift to the rail network, is expected to reach AED9.6Bn over the next 40 years.

By enhancing accessibility, there will be increased development in the Al Ain and Al Dhafra regions in terms of growth in population, increased tourism activity and much broader industrial activities which will be less constricted by current transport problems.

By providing an efficient link between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as well as to the northern Emirates and east coast, Etihad Rail is facilitating the growth in development of tourism across the nation, in particular by expanding the range of transport opportunities available to the increasing number of both international, regional and domestic tourists, granting them faster and safer travel options throughout the nation.

By providing a dynamically improved freight transportation and handling capacity, Etihad Rail is creating a new industry, that of an efficient cost-effective railway network which actively supports energy conservation and sustainability.
It will totally transform the logistics sector, enabling an overall logistics transformation as it grows by providing unique solutions for freight movement, distribution, handling and clearances along with the associated development of industrial clusters, free zones, ports, manufacturing and transport hubs in support of sustainable industrial diversification.

By providing full rail access to ports on the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea and the Red Sea via Saudi Arabia, Etihad Rail is generating strategic economic security by implementing a viable and efficient alternative to other forms of freight movement in the region.

The rail network, for both freight and passengers, will connect urban and remote communities, facilitate mobility, boost trade, foster economic and infrastructural development, and support social and cultural unity by providing increased accessibility across the UAE.

The rail network, for both freight and passengers, will connect urban and remote communities, facilitate mobility, boost trade, and foster economic and infrastructural development.

The creation of employment opportunities in communities across the UAE, and granting easier access to opportunities throughout the nation, will bring enormous social benefits to local communities, contributing to the growth of the Emirati job market.

The cost savings made by businesses that transfer freight via rail will enable them to be more commercially successful and therefore contribute more to economic growth across the trading spectrum, by making better use of their time and resources, enabling them to redirect their assets and grow with Etihad Rail.

The rail network will enable efficient delivery of produce, both internally and for import or export, with cohesive infrastructural connectivity. Transfer of traffic to Etihad Rail will mean that there will be less traffic on the roads, reducing traffic congestion, accidents and road maintenance costs.