Etihad Rail is the national railway of the UAE. It will connect all the seven emirates and link the other five countries of the GCC: Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, State of Kuwait and Sultanate of Oman.
Length and coverage
Etihad Rail will be 1,200 km long. In the south, it will run up to the border of Saudi Arabia and in the east, it will touch Oman. It will have several freight terminals, distribution centres and depots located close to major transport hubs, warehouses, and storage facilities across the UAE. Refer to the rail network map.
Etihad Rail commenced commercial activity in December 2015. Currently, it offers freight services within the UAE. To date, Etihad Rail has transported more than 7.4 million tonnes of granulated sulphur for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the equivalent of 494,000 truck trips.
Etihad Rail network will save freight charges and reduce business travel time. It will connect various areas and help in the expansion of industries and communities as a result. The region will experience more economic, social and cultural growth in the form of new job opportunities and industrial diversification. In addition, one train removes approximately 300 trucks from the road, producing 70- 80 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions than trucks required to transport the same tonnage.
Source: the official website of Etihad Rail