IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: The United Arab Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Railway project, confirming that it will complete its connection to the Saudi network within four years.
IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: Kuwait’s Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (Part) is planning to implement the first phase of the country’s national railway network as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as it seeks to complete its section of the Gulf States Railway by the mid-2020s.
TRANSPORT ministers from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states will meet in the Saudi capital Riyadh next month to discuss a new completion date for the planned 2177km Gulf Railway now that it is recognised that it cannot be completed by 2018.
OMAN's transport minister, Mr Abmed bin Mohamed al-Futaisi, says the decision on January 26 by Etihad Rail in neighbouring United Arab Emirates (UAE) to suspend tendering for its part of the Gulf Railway is causing Oman to reconsider its railway construction priorities.
PHASE 1 of Etihad Rail has carried more than 2 million tonnes of sulphur during the first year of trial operation, and full commercial operation of the 264km line linking Shah and Habshan with the port of Ruwais is expected to start soon.
DETAILED engineering and design for the next sections of the 2177km Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rail network will be completed this year, says Mr Ramiz Al-Assar, senior transport specialist for the Middle East and North Africa with the World Bank's Sustainable Development Department.