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The UAE and Oman have signed a landmark agreement that will launch the development of a new railway network designed to reduce travel time between the two nations to 47 minutes.
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE National Rail Network has partnered with the Sultanate’s Oman Rail to develop the Oman-Etihad Rail Company.
This upcoming infrastructure will cost more than Dh11 billion and connect Oman’s Sohar Port to the UAE’s rail network.
The 303km railway will feature cutting-edge passenger trains capable of reaching speeds up to 200kph. This will slash travel time from Sohar to Abu Dhabi down to one hour and 40 minutes and from Sohar to Al Ain to just 47 minutes. Meanwhile, freight trains will run up to 120kph.
The agreement was signed by Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Rail, and Abdulrahman Salim Al Hatmi, group CEO of Asyad.
Under the deal, the new firm will create the groundwork and work plan for the project, including its financial processes and timeline. It will also be in charge of designing, developing, and operating the rail network that connects Sohar and Abu Dhabi under the norms of the two countries.
This large joint venture is an expansion of the longstanding partnership between Oman Rail and Etihad Rail, both of which aspire to generate new opportunities in the infrastructure, transportation, and logistics industries by connecting the two countries by rail. BKM/ Expat Media
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