Phase 2 of Etihad Rail on track


By Shafaat Shahbandari

Dubai: The government has released Dh700 million as an initial allotment to start construction on the second phase of the Etihad Rail project, Minister of Public Works Abdullah Bel Haif Al Nuaimi said.

Al Nuaimi made the announcement as he briefed the press on Wednesday on the forthcoming MENA Rail Conference and Exhibition, which is scheduled to be held in Dubai on March 17-18. He said the contract for phase 2 of the Etihad Rail project has been awarded.

“Etihad Rail project is on track and it is moving as per schedule. The government is funding phase two of the project because this has immense strategic value and we will make sure the project is delivered on time,” said Al Nuaimi.

The 628-kilometre-long Phase Two connects the 264-kilometre-long Phase One to Musaffah and Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali in Dubai and to the Saudi and Omani borders. Phase One, which was completed at a cost of Dh4.7 billion, runs between Shah and Habshan to Ruwais in Abu Dhabi. More info