Land allocated for Abu Dhabi to Dubai rail link

Agreements in place for Etihad Rail's route and timetable following top level talks
Land allocated for Abu Dhabi to Dubai rail link
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By Andy Sambidge
Mon 29 Oct 2012 05:31 PM

Top level talks have taken place to discuss timetables and the process of land allocation for stages two and three of the UAE's planned rail network.

The Federal Government Coordination Committee for Etihad Rail has met for the first time "to ensure the timely delivery of the project".

Officials said the route between Abu Dhabi and Dubai has already been agreed upon, and the required land has been completely allocated

At the meeting, the committee analysed the project's legal and official procedures for land allocation across all emirates.

The committee also explored the possibility of applying the same strategy in each emirate "to ensure time-efficient execution of the project".

Comprising representatives from 10 federal and local government entities, committee members said the rail project "will enhance business and industrial sectors throughout the emirates".

Falah Al Ahbabi, chairman of Etihad Rail's Federal Government Coordination Committee, said: "Appropriate land allocation for the rail project is done through close coordination with the concerned entities and authorities in each emirate - a vital component in ensuring timely implementation of the project."

He added: "We are pleased to announce that the Etihad Rail network's route between Abu Dhabi and Dubai has already been agreed upon, and the required land has been completely allocated.

"The railway network will connect the various communities, industrial centres and ports of the UAE - with minimal passage through residential areas - and will also later link to the greater GCC railway network."

The Etihad Rail Federal Government Coordination Committee comprises the Municipalities of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, the Western Region, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, as well as other government entities such as the UAE Ministry of Public Works, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the Directorate of Town Planning & Survey in Sharjah, the Department of Planning & Survey in Umm Al Quwain, and representatives from Etihad Rail.

Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network - which will cater to both freight and passengers - will extend approximately 1,200km across the UAE.

The network will also form a vital part of the GCC Railway Network - linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.

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