• JUser::_load: Unable to load user with id: 79
March 29, 2010

DB to support UAE railway

Written by 
  • Print
  • Email
GERMAN RAIL (DB) is to support the planning, construction and operation of a new railway in the United Arab Emirates under a joint Memorandum of Understanding signed today in Abu Dhabi. DB will enter a strategic partnership with the UAE's Al Masaood group under the agreement, which was signed by German minister of transport Dr Peter Ramsauer, DB CEO Dr Rüdiger Grube, Al Masaood chairman His Excellency Abdullah Al Masaood, and Mr Martin Bay, chairman of DB International.

Union Railway Company (URC) told contractors this week that the tendering process for the initial phase of the network will begin within the next two months, with expressions of interest due by May. URC expects to invite prequalification bids in the third quarter for the construction of the 264km line, which will carry granulated sulphur from the Shah gas field to the port of Ruwais on the Gulf coast. The line will open in 2013 and will eventually become part of the 2177km Gulf States Railway, which will link Kuwait and Muscat.

DB says the Al Masaood Group already cooperates with German logistics companies and is looking to gain a foothold in the railway sector.

DB international has carried out conceptual design studies for URC and has completed preliminary planning for a light rail line serving the Al Raha Beach development in Abu Dhabi. DB also has a 49% stake in the Qatar Railways Development Company (QRDC), which is pushing forward plans for a Euros 17 billion railway network and a metro in the capital Doha.

Get the latest rail news

IRJ Rail Brief newsletter covers global railway news