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$3 billion railway connecting Oman and UAE

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Dubai: A new $3 billion railway will connect Oman’s port of Sohar with the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi, officials said Wednesday. The 303 km long railway, with passenger trains traveling at 200 km/h, is currently under construction and will join the UAE’s national network. The joint venture between Omani Rail and his UAE Etihad Rail was agreed during a visit of UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed to the Omani capital Muscat.

Abdulrahman Salim Al-Hatmi, group CEO of Asyad, the parent company of Omani Railways, said in a statement issued by the Abu Dhabi government, “The railway … promises enormous strategic, economic and social benefits.” rice field. A deep-sea port on the Gulf of Oman and itself a joint venture with the Port of Rotterdam, Sohar prides itself on being a trading hub between Asia and Europe.

No end date is specified for the project. A multi-billion dollar railroad linking his six Gulf Cooperation Council countries has been in decline since a feasibility study was approved in 2004. Upon completion, the UAE’s network, Etihad Railways, will operate his 1,200 km of track connecting all seven emirates with the border of neighboring Saudi Arabia. , and Oman.

Construction is 70 percent complete, according to the website, but the first phase — a remote line to transport sulfur through the Abu Dhabi desert — went into full operation in 2016. Interest is believed to have slowed progress on the project. – AFP

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