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High speed Dubai to Abu Dhabi rail plan revealed

Union Railway proposes rail link capable of travelling up to 200km per hour.

High speed Dubai to Abu Dhabi rail plan revealed
RAIL LINK: Union Railway is proposing a high speed rail link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. (For illustrative purposes only)

New plans announced by Union Railway include a high-speed rail link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi capable of travelling at speeds of up to 200km per hour, it was reported on Tuesday.

The proposal between the UAE's two main cities is part of Union Railway's vision for the future of travel in the country.

The proposal, which still needs to undergo a feasibility study, would be the only dedicated passenger line in the company’s freight-focused network.

Richard Bowker, the chief executive of Union Railway, told UAE daily The National that the company had increased the size of its proposed network by 130km to include the possibility of a special passenger service between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

“The driving business case for this rail line is freight, but we are looking at creating a mixed-use network with freight and passenger services, and we also thought it would be a good idea look at the feasibility of direct passenger services,” he told the paper.

Union Railway was established last year to lead plans for a 1,500km rail network across all seven emirates that would primarily carry freight and support industries such as steel, concrete and petrochemicals.

The project is expected to cost between AED30-40 billion and would be opened in phases from about 2013 through to 2017.

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GK 10 years ago

I say it is very needed and feasible.. just do a simple public survey with people wiling to use it and what is their start and end point on work days.. you will end up with a design as will

Dev J Haldar 10 years ago

A rail link connecting all seven emirates should have been part of the infrastructure plans long back. More so, as the UAE is also moving towards reducing petrol usage (individual numbers of private cars per person in a family), the rail link only comes in uber-handy. For all those who shuttle between Dubai-Abu Dhabi, this would mean lesser driving fatigue, less accidents on the road and greater efficiency. I hope this project is pushed on quickly and on an urgent basis.

Cristina 10 years ago

this is very positive. Great to link two great cities at the speed of time. I believe so many will be excited to have this done.

Sonny 10 years ago

I wonder how far Abu Dhabi is from Dubai and how long a 200km/h train would take to cover such a distance.

Robert 10 years ago

With a high speed road link already in place and the train doing a measly 200km per hour I am not sure many people would use the train when the cars on the same route would get there sooner.

Simon 10 years ago

All the emirates should be linked with a Passenger and freight train network, this will help in developing all the emirates instead of only Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The economy of other emirates will increase as a result. i have been living previously in a city which had a good rail network, the efficiency with which it commutes people is far greater that the road network.

Faisal 10 years ago

This rail link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi will be God's gift to daily commuter. It will take away the hasstle of driving daily ( extra 40 mins sleep while traveling ) , no traffic jams due to accidents, fog or the stress of somebody tail gating you at 160km/h, no Salik to worry, reduce fuel, maintenance and insurance costs . Plus its more Greener as it takes the cars off the road! I know that this system will work, as I used it for many years in London, where I travelled every day in the Regional Train and then in the underground. If I was to drive that route, it would take twice as long.

JoeKarcia 10 years ago

Abu Dhabi by road is 120Kms approx from Dubai. So we can assume the proposed train can take us in less than an hour inshAllah.

Satwariu 10 years ago

This is one of the most inconvenient things in the Emirates, the lack of rail transport. I would love to have something like that available. I tried going by bus but it's not really useful as it takes long and to get to the bus station takes forever. I hate driving to AD as it's very tiring and i could do so many things in those 3 ours that i waste on the road.

Srivatsa 10 years ago

I wish RTA has bus service to Abh dhabi starting from Nakheel Harbour Metro Station. This will help us and avoid us going to Bur Dubai Bus Station every time to go to Abu Dhabi. The traffic at Bus Station will also reduce. RTA should think on this and act fast.