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Dubai Hills Estate, a mega development by Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding within Mohammed bin Rashid City (MBR) City, will house 26,400 residential units and will have its own rail line connecting to the emirate’s two international airports.
Abu Dhabi has suspended the tendering process for the Stage two of the Etihad Rail project after assessing strategic priorities.
With the tracks laid out, trains imported into the country, and final testing ongoing, Etihad Rail, the UAE’s national rail network, will begin commercial operations later this year, according to a senior Federal Transport Authority (FTA) official.
The urban transport system in Abu Dhabi (metro and light railway) is still at the planning stage. Several Spanish companies are already taking part in these projects and, moreover, the public company Ineco, together with Metro de Madrid, have expressed their interest in participating in developing the future metro network.
Globe Express Services (GES), one of the region's leading logistics companies, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Etihad Rail , the developer and operator of the UAE's national railway network.
The UAE’s national rail network is unlikely to be impacted by delays in neighbouring countries’ rail networks, an executive at Etihad Rail said on Tuesday. John Lesniewski, Director of Sales & Commercial Agreements, said Etihad Rail completed the first stage earlier than expected and will continue to push ahead on schedule.
While $11 billion has been allocated for Etihad Rail, which aims to connect all the emirates, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport has approved a budget of $8 billion for its metro project, and Dubai’s RTA has announced plans to spend $2 billion on developing and expanding its metro and tram facilities.
Dubai World Central is to be directly served by the city of Dubai's metro system and the national Etihad Rail passenger network when it comes into being, Khalifa Al Zaffin, the executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said yesterday.
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