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Etihad Rail started with construction of a new freight terminal in Dubai

Etihad Rail started with construction of a new freight terminal in Dubai
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09 / 04 / 2022

Etihad Rail, the UAE's national railway network, and Dubai Industrial City have launched a new project to build a cargo terminal with a capacity of 5 million tons. It will be a huge support for Dubai's logistics sector.

The terminal is planned to be built in Dubai Industrial City next to Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port. It will have several crucial benefits for the 780 business partners in the industrial park and surrounding areas and allow many companies to reach two-thirds of the population in just 8 hours. The terminal will promote efficiency and reduce costs.

In this second phase of construction of the UAE National Rail Network, Etihad Rail aims to develop a strategic partnership that contributes to the company's efforts to make the project a significant part of the UAE's economic development. Dubai Industrial City, with an area of 550 million square feet, is an important area for local and regional logistics and manufacturing.

The new project was announced right after the Abu Dhabi to Dubai rail link completion in March 2022. The Etihad Rail and Dubai Industrial City project aims to increase Dubai's global competitiveness in manufacturing, logistics, transportation, trade, and investment, although the main objective is to strengthen the UAE's position as an international trade center.

"The terminal will contribute to strengthening the supply chain and freight logistics services, in line with the UAE's efforts to develop the country's transport and logistics sector. With a capacity of 5 million tonnes, the terminal will connect the industrial and manufacturing centers in the UAE, open new trade routes, and support the country's sustainable development," Shadi Malak, the Etihad Rail CEO said.

The inaugural event for the project, aside from the Etihad Rail CEO, was attended by Malek Al Malek, general manager of Dubai Development Authority, Abdulla Belhoul, the Chief Commercial Officer of Tecom Group, and Saud Abu Alshawareb, Managing Director of Dubai Industrial City.