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The Chairman of Etihad Rail approved a civil contract worth AED 4.6 billion for the civil works and construction of Package D of Stage Two of the United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) national railway. The high-value contract has been awarded to Chinese firm China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and Abu Dhabi based firm National Projects & Construction LLC (NPC).
Package D of UAE’s national railway will link the ports of Fujairah and Khorfakkan to the national rail network at the Dubai border with Sharjah, stretching over a distance of 145 km. This project will contribute to the improvement of the transport and infrastructure industries in the region due to connecting key ports to manufacturing, production and population centres.
Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Rail said:
The awarding of this contract is a highly significant achievement as Etihad Rail follows its path to progressing one of the most important and economically strategic projects in the UAE. While expanding a vital sector that constitutes the lifeline of our national economy, we continue to provide a safe, modern, and sustainable national railway network that meets the aspirations and expectations of our nation and its leaders, supporting the UAE’s position as a major link in the regional and global supply chain, and as a key player in the logistics system.
Under Package D a total of 15 tunnels through the Hajar Mountains with a total length of 16 km, 35 bridges, and 32 underpasses will be constructed. Linking the ports of Fujairah and Khorfakkan with the national railway network will allow for the annual transportation of up to two million 20ft-equivalent container units (TEU) and, as a result, promote international trading.
The United Arab Emirates’ freight and transport sectors are expecting to see significant improvement as a result of the project by enabling faster and more efficient distribution of goods. The advancement of economic and social development will also be facilitated, as it will be achieving a quantitative boost to the freight traffic and logistics sector.
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