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Abu Dhabi metro funding approved

The emirate is planning to build a 131 km metro network and no less than 300 km of tram routes.

Kuwait’s $7bn metro gets green light

Kuwait is pushing ahead with its new metro rail system, with the company in charge of building the first phase of the project announcing that it will begin procurement “shortly”.

Qatar’s Doha Metro construction to start at beginning of 2013

Drilling work for Qatar’s Doha Metro will start at the beginning of 2013, Saad Al Mohannadi, Qatar Railway Development Co.’s chief executive officer said.

Doha metro bidding to start in April

QATAR Railways Company (QRC) will issue the first request for proposals for the country's $US 40bn rail network in the first week of April. Four tunnelling contracts for the first phase of the Doha Metro, each worth $US 2-3bn, will be launched with winners set to be announced in October.

New Saudi metro to ease Haj traffic

Saudi Arabia's new metro system will ease traffic congestion during the annual Haj pilgrimage, a top official has said. The Haramain High Speed Rail project, which is under construction, will be a 449.2km high-speed inter-city system linking Madinah and Makkah. Each year three million to four million pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the Haj.

Emirates' new mega-project: desert railway

United Arab Emirates boasts the world's tallest building, a man-made island in the shape of a palm and is about to take its next ambitious step - linking cities by rail over the desert. UAE's Union Railway plans a $US11 billion and 1500 km railway project across the UAE estimated by 2017. The project will be phased over several years. In the end, the railway will connect the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat city in the West and Oman via Al Ain in the East.