ETIHAD Rail and Dubai Industrial City (DIC) have announced plans to establish a rail freight terminal on the 51 hectare DIC site to the southwest of Dubai.

DIC is located within the vicinity of Jebel Ali Port, Al Maktoum International Airport, and Dubai’s road network, and will be served by Stage 2 of the Etihad Rail network, which will run from the border with Saudi Arabia at Ghuweifat to Fujairah on the Gulf of Oman via Abu Dhabi and Dubai. A ceremony was held last month to mark the completion of track laying on the Abu Dhabi - Dubai section of the railway.

Etihad Rail says establishing the terminal will contribute to cementing the UAE’s position as an international trade hub and boost Dubai’s global competitiveness in manufacturing, logistics, transport, trade, and investment. DIC is home to more than 780 companies including more than 240 factories, which will be able to access Etihad Rail’s services. DIC also has a range of logistics facilities and a substantial storage area covering 40 hectares.

“The terminal will contribute to strengthening the supply chain and freight logistics services, in line with the UAE’s efforts to develop the country’s transport and logistics sector,” says Mr Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Rail. “With a capacity of 5 million tonnes, the terminal will connect the industrial and manufacturing centres in the UAE, open new trade routes, and support the country’s sustainable development.”