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Etihad Rail Awarded “Strategic Project of the Year” at 6th Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in New York


Apr 08 2013

UAE’s national rail project chosen from among 100 projects worldwide

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 8 April 2013: Etihad Rail – the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network – recently received the Strategic Project of the Year award at the 6th Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in New York. The prestigious award recognises projects that will have a positive impact on a country or region’s productivity and competitiveness, and which will serve as a model for other countries.

Etihad Rail , which was represented at the forum by its CEO, H.E. Dr. Nasser Saif Al-Mansoori, was selected from among the 100 projects featured in the forum, and the Strategic Project of the Year award is the most coveted of the five awards presented. Supported by the world’s top consultancy and infrastructure firms, the forum first selects the top 100 projects based on their creation of business opportunity, productivity, competitiveness, jobs, and carbon efficiency, with the five winners then announced during the two-day event.

Commenting on the award, H.E. Dr. Nasser Saif Al-Mansoori, CEO of Etihad Rail , said: ” Etihad Rail is a strategic project that will change the face of transport in the region, connecting to key ports and neighbouring GCC countries. The future integration of the rail network with other key infrastructure projects has seen the UAE ranked nineth in infrastructure in the World Economic Forum’s 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report, and fourth most attractive location for infrastructure investment according to the Infrastructure Investment Index Report. This award is further testament to our efforts and plans to cultivate a new transport culture – one that will serve as a benchmark for rail networks worldwide.”

With over 400 participants, the forum offers an opportunity for key developers and infrastructure decision-makers to network and engage in high level discussions regarding some of the world’s most competitive and innovative infrastructure projects. Proceedings are presented through a variety of in-depth workshops, presentations, one-on-one meetings and sessions focusing on the global infrastructure marketplace.
Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network will extend approximately 1,200 km across the Emirates, catering to both freight and passengers. It will connect urban and remote communities, facilitate trade, open up communication channels and foster economic development. The network will also form a vital part of the GCC Railway Network – linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.


Press Release (2013):

About Etihad Rail

Etihad Rail was established in June 2009 under Federal Law no. 2, with a mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway network.

The railway network will be built in phases to link the principal centres of population and industry of the UAE, as well as to form a vital part of the planned GCC railway network linking the six countries of the GCC.

Built to international standards, Etihad Rail ‘s state of the art network will act as a catalyst for economic growth and sustained social development. Once complete, the railway will redefine logistics and transport in the region, providing a modern, safe, efficient, sustainable network that will connect all regions of the UAE, and the UAE to its wider GCC neighbouring countries.

Etihad Rail has recently announced a number of contract awards for Stage One of the rail network including:

The Civil & Track Works contract was awarded to a consortium comprising Italy’s Saipem, Tecnimont and UAE-based Dodsal Engineering and Construction

The Project Management Consultant (PMC) contract which was awarded to joint venture Parsons-Aecom

PCM Strescon Ventures was awarded the contract for the provision of railway sleepers. The Indian-based company will be responsible for the provision of railway sleepers in a purpose-built sleeper manufacturing facility at our rail head

Electro-Motive Diesel, from North America, was assigned to deliver seven locomotives custom-built for desert conditions by 2012

CSR Corporation Limited China was appointed to supply 240 covered hopper wagons for the movement of granulated sulphur in the Western Region

Etihad Rail has also signed several Memorandums of Understanding with the following companies:

DP World, for the development of an intermodal rail terminal in Jebel Ali Port which will enable the more efficient transfer of containerised freight arriving at the port inland

DHL, who will use the rail network as soon as Etihad Rail ‘s second stage is operational, helping DHL first and foremost with connections between Jebel Ali in Dubai and Ghweifat at the Saudi Arabian border, and subsequently assisting with transportation across the rest of the Emirates

HOYER Global Transport BV, who will be working with Etihad Rail to develop a safe and sustainable bulk liquid transportation system across the UAE, and linking to the GCC

Global Shipping & Logistics, the Dubai-based logistics company who will use the Etihad Rail network for cold chain services

Arkan and Emirates Steel, leading manufacturers who seek to use rail as the main method of transportation for their raw and finished materials

Al Dahra Agriculture Company, who plan to use rail as a more efficient means of transporting hay as soon as Etihad Rail ‘s second stage is operational

Sharaf Logistics, a world class Dubai-based services provider of supply chain solutions with a strong history in maritime and container shipping, who will use the network to transport its customers’ goods

Etisalat and Du, whose expertise in telecommunications services will benefit Etihad Rail while both companies gain access to and use of the railway infrastructure to magnify their growing network and customer base in the UAE

Aramex, who will utilise the rail network for deliveries across the UAE and for cross-border service to other countries in the GCC

For more information, please visit the Etihad Rail website at:

Or, please contact:
Haneen Aweidah, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Tel: +971 56 6551205


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