#UAE Starts Construction of Rail Line to #Saudi Border

In a solemn ceremony, the start of the work on the laying of the superstructure of the track within the framework of package A of the second phase of the construction of the national railway network, operated by Etihad Rail, has been launched.

Package A, worth AED 1.5 billion (US $ 408 million), provides for the construction of a 139 km double-track line from the port of Ruwais to Gwaiphat on the border with Saudi Arabia.

The contractor for Package A is a joint venture between China State Construction Engineering and South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction. Construction work, started in 2020, is 59% complete, including the preparation of the subgrade.

Considering the strategic importance of railways for the further development of the country, the management of Etihad Rail pays great attention to training qualified personnel from among the country’s residents for the company.

In April 2016, the Etihad Rail DB joint venture, formed to operate and maintain the first phase of the national railways, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education Institute (ADVETI).

The result of the cooperation was the implementation of a training program for specialists for the railway industry with the issuance of an ADVETI diploma that meets the Deutsche Bahn criteria.

Currently, training is carried out in four management and technical professions. The first group of students completed their studies in 2020 and are already working for Etihad Rail (photo: Etihad Rail).

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