Oman and Etihad Rail Company to Transport Freight for Al Jazeera Steel
Oman and Etihad Rail Company (OER), the developer and operator of the UAE-Oman Rail Network, and Al Jazeera Steel Products Co (AJSP), signed an MoU to establish a strategic framework for collaboration on logistics solutions for the transportation of raw materials and finished goods.
Under the terms of the agreement, OER will leverage the UAE-Oman Rail Network to support Al Jazeera Steel in optimizing inbound and outbound logistics from its factories in Oman.
The MoU was signed by Eng. Mohammed bin Zahran Al Mahruqi - Deputy CEO of OER, and Venkat A.N -CEO of Al Jazeera Steel Products.
Mohammed Al Mahruqi, Deputy CEO of OER, said: “Our partnership with Al Jazeera Steel Product Co reinforces Oman and Etihad Rail Company’s commitment to provide cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable logistical solutions to customers in Oman and the UAE.
"The agreement builds on the vision of Oman and Etihad Railway Project, and its ability to enhance cross-border trade activity between the two countries, linking centers of manufacturing and production, and connecting import and export points."
Venkat A.N, CEO, Al Jazeera Steel Product Co, said: “We are delighted to partner with Oman and Etihad Rail Company. We believe this new logistics service provided by OER will act as a force multiplier for our efforts of increasing our reach in the GCC as well the export markets.
"The vision of OER closely matches the vision of Al Jazeera Steel Products Co for delivering technological driven solutions. This collaboration will help us prepare for the challenges of the future and optimize our logistics costs.”
The joint railway network will reduce dependence on cars and trucks, and drive transformation towards a low-carbon future, supporting both countries’ net zero strategies, paving the way for more eco-conscious industrial practices, and setting a new standard in the sector.
Once fully operational, the UAE-Oman Rail Network will unlock efficiency in freight movement by reducing travel time between both countries, eliminating delays related to weather and traffic conditions.
Each train will be able to seamlessly transport a capacity of up to 15,000 tonnes of freight between five major ports and over 15 integrated freight facilities in both the UAE and Oman.