UAE practice might change ‘the place we stay, work and examine’

The passenger practice line being constructed within the UAE has the potential to vary the place individuals stay, work and examine, based on a senior determine from Etihad Rail.

The route was the topic of a lot consideration on the opening day of the Center East Rail convention on Tuesday, happening on the Abu Dhabi Nationwide Exhibition Centre.

A launch date for the passenger line between Dubai and Abu Dhabi has but to be introduced, however trade specialists imagine it can rework the lives of individuals everywhere in the UAE and throughout the area.

The passenger trains, able to travelling at as much as 200 kilometres an hour, will considerably scale back the journey time between the 2 cities and ease the quantity of visitors on the roads, specialists stated.

“This mission can play an enormous half in deciding the place we work, stay and examine sooner or later,” Ahmed Al Hashemi, govt director of passenger providers at Etihad Rail, instructed The Nationwide.

“There are various advantages. Not least it can imply fewer individuals journey by automobile, which is best for the atmosphere, and it’ll additionally scale back the variety of accidents as travelling by practice is far safer.

“It’s also sooner and way more handy.”


No replace was offered as to when the passenger line between Dubai and Abu Dhabi would open.

Nonetheless, it was introduced in March that the tracks between the 2 emirates had been joined up.

The hyperlink between Dubai and Abu Dhabi stretches for greater than 250km and contains 29 bridges, 60 crossings and 137 drainage channels.

The part linking Abu Dhabi and Dubai is a part of Etihad Rail’s wider community which runs throughout 1,200 kilometres from the border of Saudi Arabia to Oman.

It’s anticipated to hold greater than 36 million individuals every year by 2030 between 11 cities within the seven emirates.

The journey time between Abu Dhabi and Dubai is anticipated to be about 50 minutes, with a journey from the UAE capital to Fujairah stated to take twice that point.

Mr Al Hashemi stated the railway system can be excellent news for everybody, together with those that by no means plan to set foot on board a practice.

“Even if you happen to’re not planning on travelling any means apart from by automobile, you’ll nonetheless benefit from the roads having much less visitors on them,” he stated.

“With a practice, you’re feeling a lot safer as effectively as a result of it’s much less impacted by issues like climate circumstances.”

A part of the Etihad Rail community is already operational, with freight trains working from gasfields at Shah and Habshan to Ruwais since 2016.

The service carries 22,000 tonnes of granulated sulphur every day.

One other professional believes the rail community will go a protracted technique to enabling the UAE to satisfy its dedication to lowering its carbon footprint, in addition to making the lives of residents and guests hassle-free.

“If you happen to’re arriving on the airport, you’ll quickly have the ability to hop on a practice quite than having to go and lease a automobile to get to the place you need,” stated Tamer Salama, managing director within the GCC of French rail-equipment maker Alstom.

“It’s way more cost-effective for residents who commute as effectively, as they are going to be saving cash they’d in any other case spend on the likes of gas and Salik gate charges.”

An everyday passenger service between the emirates, and finally to international locations throughout the area, would even be a beautiful proposition for individuals attempting to journey to and from enterprise conferences, stated one other senior professional.

“Folks will have the ability to work remotely on a practice, whereas that point would have been misplaced in the event that they have been having to drive themselves,” stated Leon Soulier, chief govt of Siemens Mobility within the Center East and Africa.

Nonetheless, he stated that if the service was going to be a hit, there have been nonetheless some challenges forward past merely placing a practice down on a monitor.

“In different international locations, commuters don’t thoughts strolling to a practice station as a result of the climate isn’t so scorching,” he stated.

“That’s not the case right here. Now we have to verify there’s the infrastructure in place for individuals to get from their entrance door to the practice station as simply as attainable.

“There must be a correct feeder community in place, with the likes of buses making common journeys to the stations.”

Up to date: Might 24, 2022, 8:52 AM

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