Etihad Rail makes first passenger trip between Abu Dhabi, Al Dhannah

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Dr. Sultan Al Jaber (inset, second from left) aboard the Etihad Rail. Etihad Rail

Etihad Rail made its first passenger trip between Abu Dhabi and Al Dhannah on Thursday (January 25) with the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology among the passengers.

“The development of passenger rail services between Abu Dhabi City and Al Dhannah City aims to connect the UAE’s main centres of trade, industry, manufacturing, production, logistics and population,” said Minister Sultan Al Jaber. Following the journey, Al Jaber also toured ADNOC’s hub in Al Ruwais Industrial City.

The latest train route will allow passengers to travel from Abu Dhabi to Al Dhannah, a town that is 250km west of Abu Dhabi city. Initially, passengers will be employees of ADNOC.

There has yet been no confirmation on when the passenger rail service will begin, but last year it was announced that the first passenger station would be located in Sakamkam, Fujairah.

Etihad Rail’s passenger services, which will run from Al Sila to Fujairah, are expected improve travel in the UAE by connecting 11 sites and cities across the country.

The train ride is expected to cut travel time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi by 50 minutes at a speed of 200km per hour, while travel between Abu Dhabi and Fujairah will only take 100 minutes.
Dubai and Fujairah commute will take 50 minutes, and travel between Abu Dhabi and Al Ruwais will take 70 minutes.
Etihad Rail’s wider network runs across 1,200 kilometres from the border of Saudi Arabia to Oman. In the UAE, it is expected to transport more than 36 million people each year by 2030.

“Etihad Rail is strengthening the position that the UAE enjoys as a leading global hub within the logistics, transportation and infrastructure sectors, by providing more effective and reliable transportation solutions in line with the highest international standards and connecting cities and industries with a safe and sustainable rail network,” said Etihad Rail chief executive Shadi Malak. ICA/Expat Media

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