In a groundbreaking move for the United Arab Emirates, the Etihad Rail has emerged as the new frontier in rail services, connecting the Emirates with an eye towards expansion into Oman. While the current operations focus on freight, the future holds exciting prospects for a passenger service that promises to revolutionize travel between cities.
The construction of the UAE’s National Rail Network is now complete, marking a significant milestone in the country’s infrastructure development. Upon opening to passengers, the Etihad Rail anticipates catering to approximately 36.5 million travelers annually, heralding a new era of efficient and sustainable transportation.
Key Highlights: Route’s map, Travel time and more
Passenger Train Unveiled:
The eagerly awaited passenger train, designed by Spain’s CAF, is set to redefine travel experiences. Boasting a sleek design, each train will accommodate over 400 passengers and reach speeds of up to 200 kph. With seating options including first class, business class, and economy, the Etihad Rail promises a comfortable and diverse journey.
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The inaugural passenger train station will grace Sakamkam, Fujairah, strategically positioned at the heart of Fujairah city. This serves as the starting point for an expansive network that will connect 11 cities and regions across the UAE, from Al Sila to Fujairah, with major hubs like Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi in between.
Reduced Travel Times:
Commuters can look forward to unprecedented reductions in travel times. For instance, the journey from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and Dubai to Fujairah is projected to take a mere 50 minutes. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Al Ruwais will clock in at just one hour and ten minutes, while the trip to Fujairah will be accomplished in one hour and 40 minutes.
The vision extends beyond UAE borders, with plans to connect Sohar in Oman to Abu Dhabi. The Oman Etihad Rail project signifies a major leap forward in enhancing connectivity between the two nations.
Amenities for Sophistication:
The passenger train promises a sophisticated experience, featuring infotainment systems, charging stations, ample legroom, and an advanced air-conditioning system. In a bid for ultimate luxury, Etihad Rail has partnered with Italian hospitality company Arsenale, hinting at an Orient Express-style journey.
Freight Rail Revolution:
The operational freight rail service is already transforming logistics in the UAE. With a fleet of 38 locomotives and over 1,000 wagons, it efficiently transports goods, reducing traffic on UAE roads and minimizing environmental impact.
Etihad Rail envisions a significant reduction in CO2 emissions by 21% by 2050, emphasizing the environmental benefits of rail travel. One train trip is projected to eliminate the need for 300 trucks on UAE roads, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable future.
As the UAE strides confidently into the future of rail transportation, the Etihad Rail stands as a testament to innovation, connectivity, and a commitment to a greener tomorrow. The prospect of faster, more comfortable travel and a positive environmental impact positions Etihad Rail as a key player in shaping the future of transportation in the region.