Etihad Rail could boost transport in the UAE – News

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It will bring Abu Dhabi and Dubai closer, and people, while travel time will be reduced to just 50 minutes



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Published: Wed, May 18, 2022, 10:15 PM

The Etihad Rail train service between Abu Dhabi and Dubai will bring the two emirates and people closer together, as travel time is reduced to just 50 minutes.

A transformation of the transport sector not only in the United Arab Emirates, but also in the Gulf and the wider Middle East is not difficult to understand, although no date has been set for the launch of the first passenger service. between the emirates.

The advantages of such a railway system are numerous. It is climate friendly and will reduce pollution caused by vehicles on the roads.

Closer integration of the two hubs could make Abu Dubai a reality as people live, work and experience the two emirates from the comfort of advanced trains that can reach top speeds of 200 km/h. Freight traffic will generate revenue for the government as goods can be easily transported across the emirates and reliance on trucks is reduced.

What else. Etihad Rail will create new jobs and stimulate real estate projects as new communities and businesses develop near the stations, which is good for the overall economic development of the UAE as it diversifies from the oil economy.

With road traffic expected to decline with the project, drivers on the roads can expect to get to both emirates quickly and safely. Part of the 1,200 km long Gulf project stretching from the Saudi border to Oman, the 256 km line linking Abu Dhabi and Dubai could be a game-changer for residents who commute by car between the two cities daily.

Officials said the trains could carry 36 million people each year by 2030 and 11 cities across the seven emirates would be connected. Railways make for hassle-free travel and the success of the Dubai Metro project proves that with the good serving traffic which includes buses and taxis, the system could be a boon for commuters in the city wishing to go to work in Abu Dhabi. The project is 75% complete and officials said the network has a larger goal of moving people and goods across the GCC.

In March, it was announced that the Abu Dhabi-Dubai line was completed. The route has 29 bridges, 60 level crossings and 137 drainage canals. Officials said it took 13,300 workers to complete the project. In Dubai it would be interesting to know how the metro would connect to the main line.

While Dubai has advanced bus and taxi services to train stations, other emirates have the option of building their local public transport systems and connecting to Etihad Railway hubs. The future looks exciting for rail transport in the UAE.

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