Both packages are part of the 605km line from Ghuweifat on the Saudi border to the port of Fujairah. Package B covers a 216km section of the route, while Package C covers 94km. These two sections include links to Khalifa Port, Khalifa Industrial City, and Jebel Ali Port near Dubai.

The Dirhams 4.4bn ($US 1.2bn) contract was signed by Etihad Rail CEO, Mr Shadi Malak, Mr Wang Jingong from China Railway Construction Corporation, and Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting chairman, Mr Ali Mohamed Sadiq Albloushi, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Etihad Rail.

The scope of the two design-build packages includes earthworks, bridges and tunnels, animal crossings and tracklaying.

A Dirhams 1.5bn contract for Package A, the 139km Ghuweifat - Ruwais stretch, was awarded in March to a joint venture of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East and South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction.

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