UAE’s high-tech passenger trains will have chic coaches with stylish interiors and comfortable seats
It’s official. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are now connected by a huge railway line, and you may soon see trains running between the two Emirates.
The UAE finance minister and the chairman of Etihad Rail gave the world a glimpse of what this journey would look like by installing the final piece on the railway track.
Here’s what you need to know.
How long is the railway line between Abu Dhabi and Dubai?
The track is 256 km long.
How long will it take for a train to travel between the two emirates?
According to previously published information, passengers can travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 50 minutes.
With top speeds of 200 km/h, passengers will be able to shuttle between Abu Dhabi and Fujairah in 100 minutes; between Dubai and Fujairah in 50; and between Abu Dhabi and Al Ruwais in 70 minutes.
The Abu Dhabi-Dubai line, explained.
The line includes 29 bridges, 60 level crossings and 137 drainage channels. The total excavation and backfilling work amounted to 46 million cubic meters. More than 13,300 workers performed more than 47 million hours of work.
What kind of train rides can passengers expect?
According to the first images shared by Etihad Rail earlier, the UAE’s high-tech passenger trains will have classy coaches with stylish interiors and comfortable seats.
The cars, in silver and gray colors, feature different types of seats similar to flight classes. The seats are arranged in a 2+2 format in the cars.
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When are there other leads?
According to the UAE Government Media Office, the track serves as preparation to connect the rest of the emirates to an integrated national rail network in the UAE. It was announced earlier that passenger trains will connect 11 cities and towns in the land of Al Sila to Fujairah. With a capacity of 400 passengers per train, passenger numbers are expected to reach over 36.5 million per year by 2030.
How long have trains been running in the UAE?
Etihad Rail is currently completing the second stage of the UAE national rail network. The first stage of the network has been operational since 2016.