Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Inaugurates Track Laying Works for Al Dhafra
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, has inaugurated track-laying works across Al Dhafrah Region in Package A of Stage Two of the UAE’s national railway, during his visit to Etihad Rail’s railhead in Al Ruwais.
His Highness was accompanied by H.E. Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport and Etihad Rail board member and senior executives from the company.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan was briefed by Shadi Malak, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Rail, on construction progress of Package A, which will connect the UAE rail network to Al Ghuwaifat on the Saudi border and the wider GCC region.
Having started in early 2020, steady progress has been made on construction of Package A, which is now 59% complete.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated that the UAE, under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, is committed to advanced and integrated infrastructure projects, in particular in the transport sector, which will support the sustainable development of the UAE.
A presentation to His Highness on progress being made across Package A revealed that half of the soil preparation works have been completed, with 79% of sand and rock cutting also finished.
Overall, 59% of Package A construction works have already concluded.
As the strategic enabler of the UAE’s ambition to become a global hub for advanced logistics operations, His Highness stressed the need to continue developing all four packages of Stage Two, according to the highest international standards.
His Highness praised the efforts made by the Etihad Rail team, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to expand the horizons of the transport sector and in doing so, to improve the well-being and happiness of every citizen and resident in the UAE.