Middle East

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    RATP Dev to develop AlUla transport strategy


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Royal Commission for AlUla has awarded France’s RATP Dev a ’360 Mobility’ contract covering the development and implementation of a comprehensive transport strategy to support tourism. RATP Dev will support RCU in developing plans, policies, governance and infrastructure. This will include the ‘experiential’ ...

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    Egyptian Talgo trainset enters service


    EGYPT: The first of the Talgo trainsets ordered by Egyptian National Railways for use on the routes from Cairo north to Alexandria and south to Aswan entered service on December 24. Talgo said the new stock would increase capacity and service quality on the routes, while ...

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    Asia: ESCAP rethinks trans-continental supply chains


    Covid-19 and the Ukrainian crisis have impacted on Eurasian rail flows, but ESCAP believes railways still have a key role to play in an integrated multimodal transport system supporting global supply chains. Raghu Dayal reports.

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    Cairo metro Line 6 framework agreement signed


    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has signed a framework agreement with Alstom covering the design, supply and maintenance of rolling stock and railway systems for the planned Cairo metro Line 6. Signed on the fringes of the COP 27 climate conference, the agreement will facilitate ...

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    Israel: ISR expansion ramps up again


    Israel Railways has embarked on an ambitious strategy to double the size of its network, as it seeks to cope with a projected quadrupling of demand by 2030. CEO Michael Maixner explains his priorities to Chris Jackson.

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    Future Skills: Gaining expertise from step-by-step training


    DB Rail Academy chose a systematic approach to train managers at Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority in railway expertise, culminating in a professional qualification.

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    DB IO signs Egyptian high speed operating contract


    EGYPT: A consortium led by Deutsche Bahn International Operations has been selected to operate and maintain the first phase of the country’s future high speed rail network, dubbed the ‘Suez Canal on Rails’.

  • SAR CEO Dr Bashar Al Malik
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    Saudi Arabia: SAR seeks international partners as expansion and privatisation plans develop


    Dr Bashar bin Khalid Al Malik, CEO of Saudi Arabia Railways speaks exclusively to Railway Gazette International about plans to expand the network, develop a regional supply sector and prepare for privatisation as part of the national Vision 2030 strategy.

  • Etihad Rail completes tracklaying works for the main line in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah

    Etihad Rail completes tracklaying in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah


    UAE: Etihad Rail has reached a further milestone in the development of its national railway network, with the completion of tracklaying for the main line in the emirates of Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. The 45 route-km in Sharjah and the 5·7 km connection to Ras ...

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    Dubai begins procurement for two metro projects


    UAE: Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority has called tenders for two metro extensions. The Green Line extension would be 20·6 km long with 11 stations, crossing the Creek to serve the Creek Harbour development and the continuing to Academic City. The Red Line extension with one ...

  • Cairo Metro Line 3 (4)
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    Cairo commuters get a break as Kit Kat metro extension inaugurated


    EGYPT: Initial passenger services on Phase 3a of Cairo Metro Line 3 running west from Attaba to Kit Kat were inaugurated by Minister of Transport Kamel Al Wazir on October 6. The test operations are due to run until November, with a full revenue service scheduled ...

  • Oman-Etihad Rail Co agreement

    Oman – UAE railway project developer established


    ASIA: National railway project promoters Oman Rail and Etihad Rail have agreed to establish equally-owned Oman-Etihad Rail Co to design, develop and operate a mixed traffic railway connecting the port of Sohar to the UAE’s developing network. The company is to develop a work plan, financial ...

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    Etihad Rail signs agreements with Alstom, SNCF, Progress Rail and Thales


    UAE: Etihad Rail has signed memoranda of understanding with SNCF International, Alstom, Progress Rail and Thales at InnoTrans, aiming to support economic development by driving the growth of the rail industry in the UAE and the region.

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    Local production included in Cairo metro train order


    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has formally awarded a joint venture of Hyundai Rotem and National Egyptian Railway Industries Co a US$563·2m contract to supply 40 trainsets totalling 320 cars to increase capacity on Cairo metro lines 2 and 3. The trains are to be delivered ...

  • The UK’s Department for Transport and Israel’s Ministry of Transport & Road Safety have signed a memorandum of understanding to share expertise on large scale rail projects

    UK and Israel sign MoU to share transport expertise


    INTERNATIONAL: The UK’s Department for Transport and Israel’s Ministry of Transport & Road Safety have signed a memorandum of understanding to share expertise on large scale rail projects, which DfT said could lead to ‘fresh business opportunities and potential new jobs’.

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    Locomotives and wagons delivered to Etihad Rail


    UAE: Etihad Rail has begun taking delivery of 38 locomotives and 842 wagons as part of plans to provide a freight capacity of more than 60 million tonnes per year on the future national railway network. The 38 EMD SD70 diesel-electric locomotives are being supplied by Progress ...

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    Talgo to consider Egyptian rolling stock factory


    EGYPT: The Ministry of Transport, the National Egyptian Railway Industries Co joint venture and Talgo have agreed to study the feasibility of developing a domestic passenger rolling stock factory. It is envisaged that this could produce 100 air-conditioned first class coaches, 200 air-conditioned second class coaches ...

  • Egyptian National Railways has awarded Talgo a €280m contract to supply seven night train sets and maintain them for 15 years.

    Talgo awarded Egyptian night train contract


    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Talgo a €280m contract to supply seven night train sets and maintain them for 15 years. The contract was announced on August 9. Talgo expects financing to be put in place in the coming months, and deliveries from its Alava ...

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    Egyptian electric train equipment ordered


    EGYPT: Siemens Mobility has awarded Knorr-Bremse contracts to supply subsystems for the rolling stock to be delivered for the country’s electric railway programme. The order announced on August 3 includes Knorr-Bremse braking systems and IFE-branded pressure-tight doors with boarding aids for 15 eight-car 230 km/h Velaro ...

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    Saudi Arabia Railways invites bids to supply next generation inter-city trains


    SAUDI ARABIA: Prequalified companies have been invited to submit tenders to supply and maintain Saudi Arabia Railways’ next generation of inter-city passenger trains. The tender covers an base order of 10 trainsets to increase capacity on the Riyadh – Dammam route, with an option for a ...