Gulf countries could extend rail network to Yemen

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A proposed $10bn rail network that will run the length of the GCC countries could be extended to Yemen as part of an ambitious plan.

Under its initial design, the 2,177 km rail link will run from Kuwait in the north of the Arabian Peninsula down to Oman when completed in 2018. However, the six-nation bloc has now begun a feasibility study into adding an additional 1,400 km of track that will run through the Sultanate to the Yemeni border.

Nada Abu Al Samh, a financial analyst at the GCC Financial Secretariat said during a conference in Riyadh that the extension would feature 12 additional stations, Bloomberg News reported.

So far, about 200 km of track has been laid in Saudi Arabia and 120 km in the UAE.

Ramiz Al Assar, a transport specialist at the World Bank and adviser on the project, urged participating nations to form a single management body for the project. “The rest of the GCC countries have all started the design phases so it is crucial to form the GCC Railway Authority as soon as possible to oversee the progress of the project,” he said.

Notable stops on the GCC rail network will include Kuwait City and the Saudi port of Dammam, where oil firm Saudi Aramco is based.

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Posted by: Karam H AL-Hashimi

The matter of extending railway from the Arab gulf countries to Yemen is a great project that would deepen and strengthen the brotherly and social relationship between the Arab gulf countries and Yemen! But it remains a hope and a proposal which is not yet taken seriously by the decision makers in the Gulf countries?!!!

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