Middle East

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    Iran: International connections take shape slowly


    Work is progressing on various cross-border rail links as Iranian Railways seeks to strengthen its role as a Eurasian rail hub. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Middle East: Visions of an inter-continental corridor


    Proposals for the development of an India – Middle East – Europe ‘economic corridor’ were announced at the G20 summit in September 2023, but many questions remain about how the project might be implemented. Raghu Dayal investigates.

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    Baghdad metro and Najaf – Karbala railway plans announced


    IRAQ: The National Investment Commission has begun procurement for two contracts to design, finance, build, operate, maintain and transfer a seven-line metro network in Baghdad and a Najaf – Karbala railway. The US$2·5bn Baghdad metro plan envisages a seven-line network totalling 150 km and 64 stations ...

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    Israel Railways places rolling stock orders


    Source: CLOUDVIEW/Shabtai Tal/Israel Railways ISRAEL: Two orders for the supply of additional rolling stock totalling €1·7bn have been signed by Israel Railways. The first of the two agreements signed on January 22 is a €260m order for Alstom to supply a further 96 double-deck coaches, adding ...

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    Saudi Arabia Railways orders its next generation of inter-city trains


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia Railways has signed contracts for Stadler to supply its next generation of passenger trains. The Swiss manufacturer said these would ‘elevate train travel in the kingdom to the next level in terms of passenger comfort, travel experience and reliability’. The contracts signed ...

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    Dubai backs Karachi dedicated freight corridor plan


    PAKISTAN: Plans to establish a dedicated rail freight corridor and economic zone near Karachi are included in two inter-governmental framework agreements signed by the governments of Pakistan and Dubai on January 17. The agreements cover plans for US$3bn+ of investment in railways, economic zones and infrastructure. ...

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    Czech suppliers target Middle East rail opportunities


    INTERNATIONAL: Rail and urban transport manufacturers sought to identify opportunities in Middle Eastern markets during a trade mission organised by national rail industry association ACRI as part of Czech President Petr Pavel’s state visit to Qatar and Israel. ACRI Chief Executive Marie Vopálenská said there the ...

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    Dubai considers elevated pod platoons


    UAE: Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding to work with Urban.MASS on an operational pilot of its Floc Duo Rail concept for platoons of driverless electric pods running on an elevated track. Urban.MASS is now seeking funding for development and deployment ...

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    Israel plans more railway network expansion


    ISRAEL: The government has backed plans for expansion of the rail network and works to increase capacity and speeds on existing lines. On December 24 the government approved the quadrupling of the coastal line between Tel Aviv and Haifa, with two fast tracks suitable for 250 ...

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    ‘Truly unique’ history-inspired tramway to be built in Saudi Arabia


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Royal Commission for AlUla has awarded Alstom a €500m contract to supply a ‘truly unique’ tramway inspired by heritage including the historic Hedjaz Railway. Alstom said the 22·4 km line would be the world’s longest catenary-free tramway, and will ‘encapsulate richness, history and ...

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    Tel Aviv Green Line project reaches financial close


    ISREAL: Financial close has been reached on the contract to design, build, finance and maintain the Tel Aviv light rail Green Line, project promoter NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems and the TLV Metropolitan Tramway consortium announced on December 17. The European Investment Bank has agreed a ...

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    UIC launches Middle East Regional Competence Hub


    UAE: The International Union of Railways’ Middle East Regional Competence Hub was officially launched at the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus during the COP28 climate change conference. UIC is establishing Regional Competence Hubs around the world to bridge the gap between academic and professional knowledge and ...

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    Parand metro extension inaugurated


    IRAN: President Ebrahim Raisi inaugurated the Shahr-e Parand extension of a branch of Tehran metro Line 1 on November 30. Parand is a residential area with a population of 450 000, located 50 km southwest of central Tehran and 20 km west of Imam Khomeini International ...

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    Thales to supply signalling, security and ticketing for Alexandria metro


    EGYPT: Thales has been subcontracted to supply signalling, security and ticketing systems for the first metro line in Alexandria. The 21·7 km line is being developed by a consortium of Orascom Construction and Colas Rail under a €1·3bn contract awarded by the National Authority for Tunnels ...

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    Metro and monorail testing underway as Cairo network grows


    EGYPT: Test running on Cairo’s East Nile Monorail and on two branches of metro Line 3 started on November 5. East Nile Monorail Following a site visit on November 16, Minister of Transport Kamel Al-Wazir announced that the East Nile Monorail line will be handed over ...

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    Dubai invites expressions of interest for metro Blue Line


    UAE: Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority has invited expressions of interest in a design and build contract covering civil works, railway systems and rolling stock for the planned metro Blue Line. Around 15·5 km of the 30 km line would be underground and 14·5 km elevated. ...

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    Alexandria metro contract signed


    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has awarded a consortium of Orascom Construction and Colas Rail a €1·3bn contract to build the first metro line in Alexandria. The contract covers engineering, procurement and construction of the 21·7 km first phase of the metro line, serving 20 stations. ...

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    Iranian wagon manufacturer plans European exports


    INTERNATIONAL: Iran’s Mapna Group has announced a 10-year co-operation agreement for the potential supply of wagons to a Polish company, which plans to deploy them across eastern Europe. The deal announced on September 27 follows a year of negotiations with the unnamed company from Poland, which ...

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    Hydrogen train to be demonstrated in Riyadh


    SAUDI ARABIA: Alstom and Saudi Arabia Railways are to demonstrate the operation of a Coradia iLint hydrogen multiple-unit in Riyadh. Alstom said ’this ground-breaking demonstration marks the first-ever introduction of a hydrogen-powered train in the Middle East and Africa’. The iLint will operate over a distance ...

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    First Desiro HC electric multiple-unit arrives in Egypt


    EGYPT: The first of 94 four-car Desiro High Capacity electric multiple-units that Siemens Mobility is to supply to Egypt arrived at the port of Alexandria on September 25. A consortium of Siemens Mobility, Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors has been awarded turnkey contracts for the ...