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    Virtual reality based training for tram drivers


    UAE: Dubai’s Roads Transport Authority and metro and tram operator Serco are using virtual reality during the training of tram drivers. ‘Introducing cutting-edge technologies avails trainee drivers of interactive experiences and opportunities’, said Hassan Mohammad Al Mutawa, Director of Operations at RTA’s Rail Agency. ...

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    Etihad Rail triples fleet with 842 wagon order


    UAE: Etihad Rail has awarded CRRC Yangtze a contract to supply 842 wagons, which the national railway said would be tailor-made for local environmental conditions and meet Gulf Co-operation Council requirements including ‘state-of-the-art’ braking and safety systems. The order signed on August ...

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    Dubai Route 2020 metro extension inaugurated


    UAE: Dubai’s 15 km Route 2020 metro line was formally inaugurated by the emirate’s Ruler and UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on July 8, although revenue services are not expected to begin until September. Built at a cost of 11bn dirhams, ...

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    Etihad Rail awards control centre contract as work starts on Package B


    UAE: National railway promoter Etihad Rail has confirmed the award of an 846m dirham contract for construction of its central Operations & Maintenance facility at Al Fayah in the suburbs of Abu Dhabi.

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    Vossloh wins Etihad Rail track contract


    UAE: Rail fastenings and turnouts for Package 2A of the Etihad Rail network are to be supplied by Vossloh, under a contract awarded by the joint venture responsible for the 139 km Ruwais – Ghuweifat line. The contract to build this section was awarded in March ...

  • Etihad Rail has awarded Progress Rail a contract to supply a further 38 heavy haul diesel locomotives.

    Etihad Rail orders 38 locomotives


    UAE: National railway developer Etihad Rail has awarded Progress Rail a contract to supply a further 38 heavy haul diesel locomotives. These will add to the seven 4 500 hp EMD SD70ACS locomotives delivered in 2013 for the opening of the 264 km first phase ...

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    Etihad Rail freight facilities contract awarded


    UAE: Etihad Rail has awarded a joint venture of L T Construction and Power China International a 1·876bn dirham contract to design, build and commission seven freight handling facilities on Stage 2 of the national rail network. The freight facilities will be built in Industrial City ...

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    Etihad Rail heads northeast as Package D awarded


    UAE: National railway developer Etihad Rail has awarded the fourth major contract for its Stage Two expansion programme to a joint venture of China Railway Construction Corp and local partner National Projects Construction. Valued at 4·6bn dinars, the Package D contract ...

  • Etihad Rail has awarded the first construction contract for Stage Two to a joint venture of China State Construction Engineering Corp and South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction.

    Etihad Rail awards Stage Two construction contract


    UAE: National railway project promoter Etihad Rail announced on March 11 that it had awarded the first construction contract for Stage Two of the network to a joint venture of China State Construction Engineering Corp and South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction. The 1·5bn dirham Package A includes design and ...

  • Tendering for the civil works for Stage 2 of the planned UAE national railway network is expected to be launched shortly.

    Etihad Rail Stage 2 funding agreement signed


    UAE: Tendering for the civil works for Stage 2 of the planned national railway network is expected to be launched shortly, after the UAE’s Ministry of Finance and Abu Dhabi’s Department of Finance signed a financing agreement on November 27. The 264 km Stage 1 was completed in 2015, and ...

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    Jacobs awarded Etihad Rail consultancy contract


    UAE: Etihad Rail has appointed Jacobs Engineering Group to provide technical and programme consulting services to support the expansion of its network under stages 2 and 3 of its national railway plan, now scheduled for completion by 2024. Jacobs will provide engineering and design services, review and provide critical oversight ...

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    China and Gulf states discuss OTIF accession to support international freight


    INTERNATIONAL: China and the Gulf Co-Operation Council member states are discussing accession to the COTIF convention, which provides a legal framework for the operation of international rail traffic. China’s interest is related to the growth of east-west freight traffic to and from Europe. Its accession would be politically significant ...

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    Etihad Rail suspends Stage 2 tendering


    UAE: National rail developer Etihad Rail announced on January 26 that it had suspended the tendering process for Stage Two of the project and informed all the bidders in writing. Etihad Rail recently started commercial operation on the initial phase of the planned network, which links Shah and Habshan to ...

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    Etihad Rail commercial operations approved


    UAE: Etihad Rail was granted official safety authorisations to commence commercial operations on Phase 1 of the network at a ceremony in Dubai on December 9. Operations partner Etihad Rail DB will run two trains per day on the 264 km route between Shah and Habshan and the Port ...

  • The memorandum was signed by Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail, and SAR Chief Executive Dr Rumaih bin Muhammad Al Rumaih.

    Working more closely together


    MIDDLE EAST: A number of joint committees are to be established by Saudi Railway Company and Etihad Rail to implement best practice in railway projects under a partnership accord signed in Abu Dhabi on May 10. The two railway companies foresee the partnership forming the basis for a wider programme ...

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    Huawei and Siemens to co-operate on communications


    HUAWEI: Chinese communications supplier Huawei announced on April 8 that it had reached agreement with Siemens Convergence Creators GmbH to co-operate in the development of ‘end–to-end solutions’ in the critical communications market, including rail. Huawei says that it will draw on its expertise in GSM-R for voice communications and train ...

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    Gulf Co-operation Council states discuss OTIF accession


    INTERNATIONAL: The Gulf Co-operation Council and the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail have signed a memorandum of understanding which could lead to the GCC and its six member states Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE acceding to the COTIF convention. The convention provides a legal ...

  • The joint venture agreement was signed by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of Etihad Rail DB and Vice-Chairman of Etihad Rail, and Dr Alexander Hedderich, CEO of DB Schenker Rail.

    Etihad Rail operation and maintenance joint venture formed


    UAE: National railway project promoter Etihad Rail has signed an operations and maintenance joint venture agreement with DB Schenker Rail. The Etihad Rail DB joint venture will initially provide operations and maintenance expertise for the 264 km Phase 1 of the network. Test running is now underway and commercial freight ...

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    Watching your wagons


    UAE: New York Air Brake and Lat-Lon have provided monitoring technology for 240 sulphur wagons supplied to Etihad Rail. Eight wheelset sensors per wagon measure bearing temperature and the degree of tilt to warn of potential derailment. The upper hatch is monitored for open/closed status by two more devices, ...

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    Rail Academy to be created in the United Arab Emirates


    UAE: A memorandum of understanding to establish a Rail Academy has been signed by the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training and Thales. The planned Rail Academy would provide Emiratis with high-level professional and academic training programmes to support the country's railway and urban transport projects. The partnership ...