Statement Of Principles


Etihad Rail is totally committed to safety. It is their highest priority to ensure that in everything they do, safety is at the heart of the planning, decision making and execution processes. Etihad Rail complies with all current, and future, relevant UAE laws. All contractors, consultants and suppliers to Etihad Rail, irrespective of their size or role, will be similarly committed to safety through contractual obligations and legal requirements. For more information, please refer to Etihad Rail’s Health, Safety and Environment Policy Statement.

Transparency & confidentiality

Etihad Rail discloses its procurement plans to the public through advertising for expressions of interest and pre-qualification requests for goods and services, which are to be obtained through public competitive procurement methods. Tender documents will be synchronously made available to all short-listed bidders. Upon receipt of tenders, no information related to the examination, clarification, and evaluation of tenders and recommendations concerning awards will be disclosed to bidders, tenderers or any other persons not officially concerned with the process.


The United Arab Emirates, in accordance with UAE Vision 2021, is committed to developing an ambitious and confident nation grounded in its heritage. Emirati nationals are encouraged and supported in developing their skills and competencies. Whilst Etihad Rail does not insert requirements in any of its tenders or contracts for a specific percentage of local content, submissions which do include local content will be reviewed favourably.


Etihad Rail strives to encourage competition. All tender documents will clearly define the scope of works, goods or services to be supplied, the rights and obligations of the owner and of contractors, consultants, suppliers, and consultants, and the conditions to be met in order for a tender to be declared responsive.

Tender documents will set out fair and non-discriminatory selection criteria for choosing the winning bidder or preferred tender. Standards and technical specifications quoted in tendering documents will promote the broadest possible competition, while ensuring that Etihad Rail’s prescribed performance requirements or other requirements for the goods and/or services are met.

Specifications may be based on relevant characteristics and/or performance requirements. If it is necessary to quote a brand name or catalogue number of a particular manufacturer to clarify an otherwise incomplete specification, the words “or equivalent” shall be added after such reference, and Etihad Rail will permit the acceptance of tenders for goods that have similar characteristics and that provide performance and quality equivalent to those specified.

Please note that due to the need to ensure inter-operability across the GCC countries and in adherence to the UN ESCWA Agreement, Etihad Rail has adopted certain European function-based performance standards.

Business Conduct

All contractors, consultants, and suppliers must observe the highest ethical standards during the procurement process and during the carrying out of contracts. Accordingly, Etihad Rail may reject any application if it considers that the recommended contractor, consultant or supplier has engaged in unethical practices (including corrupt, fraudulent or coercive practices) and may declare a firm or company ineligible to be awarded a contract if at any time Etihad Rail determines that the firm or company has engaged in such practices in competing for, or in performing, a contract with Etihad Rail.

Contractors, consultants, and suppliers have to declare any potential conflict of interest as soon as it is discovered and report it to Etihad Rail.

Contractors, consultants and suppliers shall respect Etihad Rail’s confidentiality obligations as specified in the tender documents.