Dh82.3 billion nationwide railway network will benefit UAE economy, says public works chief

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By Ola Salem  www.thenational.ae

ABU DHABI // The UAE is investing more than Dh82.3 billion in five different railway projects overseen by the National Transport Authority.

The Etihad Rail, Abu Dhabi Metro, Abu Dhabi Light Rail, Dubai Metro and Al Sufouh Tramway projects were designed to boost the national economy, said Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works.

“We believe that developing the national railway network will benefit the national economy and make it a centre of transport and logistics in the region, and the land passenger and freight transport network more sustainable,” he said.

A statement from the NTA, also headed by Dr Al Nuaimi, said the large investment demonstrated the Government’s belief that rail travel was a way to reduce dependency on motorways and make commuters’ lives easier. More info