Etihad Rail Triples Its Fleet in Readiness of Stage Two

Etihad Rail (UAE) is expanding its fleet to allow it to transport containerised and bulk freight, such as petrochemicals, aggregates, raw steel, limestone, cement and construction material, industrial and household waste, aluminium, food commodities and general cargo, both domestically and internationally.

Etihad Rail was established in 2009 to develop and operate UAE’s national railway. It is tripling its fleet, having awarded a contract for the production, supply and commissioning of 842 new wagons. This will bring the total fleet size to more than 1,000 units. This expansion paves the way for rail transport becoming a central mode for freight movements in the UAE, following the completion of Stage Two of the network.

Stage One (Shah-Habshan-Ruwais) is already in service, with Etihad Rail DB as the operator. Stage Two will connect Guweifat with Fujairah on the Gulf of Oman. Once complete, Etihad Rail will connect Saudi Arabia and Oman via the UAE over 1,200km.

The contract has gone to CRRC, with the award being marked by an online ceremony. The virtual event was attended by His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and Chairman of Etihad Rail, and Sun Yongcai, President of CRRC. The contract was signed by Shadi Malek, CEO of Etihad Rail, and Wang Hongwei, Vice President of CRRC Yangtze Group.