The Etihad Rail Story

Etihad Rail was established in June 2009, under Federal Law No. 02, with the mandate of managing the development, construction and operation of the United Arab Emirates’ national freight and passenger railway network.

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

Etihad Rail will enhance economic growth by connecting key centres of industry and transport with urban, suburban and remote communities, by sustaining trade, boosting industrial development and supporting the long-term growth of the national economy.

The railway network is being built in phases to link the principal centres of trade, industry and population of the UAE, as well as forming a vital component of the planned GCC railway network.

UAE Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030

In 2010, the United Arab Emirates’ Government launched UAE Vision 2021, which sets the key themes for the social and economic development of the UAE, calling for a shift to a diversified and knowledge-based economy.
The United Arab Emirates’ national railway project is fully aligned with these objectives, to develop and maintain diversification of the UAE economy by creating a national railway network to connect the UAE’s key centres of trade, industry and population – an integral element of the nation’s vision.
Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 forms the roadmap for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It aims to increase GDP contributions from non-oil sectors to over 60% by the year 2030, with twelve strategic industry sectors identified, including transportation and logistics. Etihad Rail is one of the key economic projects for this growth and diversification.