UAE: Etihad Rail Connects ICAD Railway Freight Terminal to National Main Line

Etihad Rail has successfully connected the national rail network’s main line with the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi’s (ICAD) railway freight terminal, which is currently under construction.

Once complete, the 2.7 million square-foot building will be the UAE’s largest inland railway freight terminal, consisting of 22 buildings and major structures to support operations.

Etihad Rail connects ICAD railway terminal to the network
Etihad Rail connects ICAD railway terminal to the network

After completing tracklaying works, tests were successfully undertaken on the new line, which extends from the UAE’s border with Saudi Arabia to the port of Fujairah.

As part of the UAE Railway Programme, once stage two of the network has been completed, Etihad Rail will provide logistics solutions from the terminal.

Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it will act as a logistics hub for heavy industries, processing up to nine trains a day and enabling manufacturers to seamlessly distribute raw materials and machinery.

When fully operational, it’s expected to process over 15m tonnes of loose raw materials, 1.5 tonnes of general cargo and around 116,600 20-foot shipping containers each year.

It will also enable better connections to key trade infrastructure such as ports and customs services, which will make ICAD tenants more competitive.

Mohammed Al Marzouqi, Executive Director of Rail Relations Sector at Etihad Rail, said:

“Connecting the railway freight terminal at ICAD with Etihad Rail’s main line ensures our readiness to start providing our clients with logistics solutions by linking Abu Dhabi with various industrial centres and import and export points.

“This milestone brings us closer to achieving our goal of providing an integrated transport system that connects the industrial and manufacturing centres with freight terminals and ports across the Emirates.

“We’re proud of this achievement, which supports our efforts to encourage companies to restructure their logistical operations and opt for rail logistics solutions, thereby cutting costs, increasing efficiency and providing safer transportation of goods.”

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