To safely and sustainably connect regions and integrate industries through rail transport.


To develop and operate safe, sustainable and cost-efficient rail transport solutions, connecting the UAE and serving clients, industries and society.

Etihad Rail’s 1,200 km network will extend across the United Arab Emirates, from the border of Saudi Arabia to the border of Oman.


Etihad Rail is the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, connecting the country’s key centres of trade, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and sustaining economic development.

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Good Neighbour

Etihad Rail recognises the importance of being a good neighbour.

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Etihad Rail recognises the need to develop the property surrounding the rail network.

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June, 2009

In June 2009, Etihad Rail was established under UAE Federal Law No. 2, with a mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway network.

December, 2009

The GCC network railway project was approved by GCC Member States at the 30th GCC summit in Kuwait City.

June, 2011

A concrete sleeper manufacturing facility was established at Mirfa.

March, 2013

Formation of Etihad Rail DB, the joint venture company formed between Etihad Rail and DB Schenker to manage the operation and maintenance of Stage One.

April, 2014

Etihad Rail starts testing and commissioning rail freight services on Stage One of the network, running from Shah and Habshan to Ruwais.

August, 2015

Etihad Rail officially hands over Operation Control Center(OCC) to Etihad Rail DB

January, 2016

Commercial operations begin.

May, 2018

Etihad Rail partnered with engineering, project structuring and operations services firm Egis for the development of the next phase.

June, 2018

Etihad Rail appoints Jacobs Engineering Group to provide technical and programme consulting services to support the expansion of its network under the next phase of its national railway plan.

November, 2018

UAE Ministry of Finance and Abu Dhabi Department of Finance sign an agreement for the financing of Stage Two of the Etihad Rail national rail network: 605 kilometers from Ghuweifat on the border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah on the east coast.

February, 2019

New Strategy and Brand Identity aligned with the UAE Vision 2021 and the AD Vision 2030.

March, 2019

Awarding the Design and Build contract of Package A for Stage Two of the rail network, stretching across 139-kilometer to connect Ruwais with Ghuweifat on the UAE border with Saudi Arabia.

June, 2019

Awarding civil and track works of Packages B and C for Stage Two of the railway project connecting Dubai with Abu Dhabi at length of 310 kilometer.

October, 2019

Contract awarding for Systems and Integration for Stage Two of the national railway network to design and build of railway systems, in coordination with other Stage Two works and contracts, as well as managing uptime and operation tests.

December, 2019

Awarding civil works and construction contract of Package D for stage two, linking Fujairah and Khorfakkan ports. at length of 145 kilometer.

January, 2020

Awarding the Freight Facilities contract for the railway network, which includes the surveying, design, construction, equipment installation, testing and pre-commissioning of each facility.

January, 2020

Launching the construction works of Package A of Stage Two of the UAE railway network.

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