The UAE has announced the launch of its national freight railway, operated by Etihad Rail. The 900 km network has now been completed, according to the approved schedule and budget, with cargo train operations launched across the Emirates.
Etihad Rail freight trains are powered by a fleet of 38 locomotives and more than 1000 wagons capable of transporting all types of goods. Contracts have been signed with various freight customers including Stevin Rock and Borouge, and the network is expected to carry 60 million tonnes of freight a year. It is also set to reduce road transport emissions by 21% initially and by 40% by 2050.
The network connects four major ports in the country and seven logistics centres. The network also includes a number of charging stations located in Ruwais, Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD), Khalifa Port, Dubai Industrial City, Jebel Ali Port, Al Ghail and Fujairah Port. These locations provide hubs for local and regional distribution and logistics services, including customs warehouses and on-site cargo inspection services.