By Andy Sambidge
Logistics major says move is part of its plan to reduce its environmental impact
DHL, one of the world's biggest logistics companies, said on Saturday it has signed an agreement with Etihad Rail to use the UAE's new rail network, currently under construction.
The memorandum of understanding with the master developer and operator of the UAE's national railway is part of DHL's plan to reduce its environmental impact.
The partnership will see DHL use the rail network as soon as Etihad Rail's second stage is operational, helping initially with connections between Jebel Ali in Dubai and Ghweifat at the Saudi Arabian border.
DHL said in a statement that when operational, one Etihad Rail train is expected to remove up to 300 trucks from the UAE's roads.
"The signing will also see DHL utilise and support the state-of-the-art transportation developments that the UAE has to offer," the statement said.
Frank-Uwe Ungerer, country manager for DHL Express in the UAE, said: "We are delighted to be the first logistics company to collaborate with Etihad Rail. This is a new and innovative milestone for DHL in the UAE, which will enable us to further enhance our competitive logistical performance and develop our cross-border services, in order meet our customers growing logistical needs.
"The fact that this move will also help make a real difference to the local environment is another great bonus, and reflects Go Green, our global programme for environmental protection. This is part of our wider organisational strategy to operate responsibly in our local communities."
Dr Hazem Mobarak, acting CEO of Etihad Rail added: "We are very proud to be partnering with DHL, one of the world's leading logistics companies, to create a more efficient and environmentally friendly business solution for them in the UAE."