Etihad Rail has released an aerial photo of the line’s progress along the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. The image, which was shared on the company’s social media, shows the railway crossing the Hajar Mountains of Fujairah en route to the coast. Etihad Rail reports that over 70% of the UAE’s first rail line has been built. Fujairah’s first passenger station was announced in June. Passenger trains will reach speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour and carry up to 400 passengers. From Al Sila in the west to Fujairah in the north, they will connect 11 cities and regions of the United Arab Emirates.
Etihad Rail said stations will celebrate the joy of travel and incorporate regional traditions. “We see stations as urban centers where people can congregate,” Ahmed Al Hashemi, executive director of Etihad Rail’s passenger business, previously told The National. “Stations will blend into the environment and become part of urban development”. The passenger service has no set start date, but officials estimate that more than 36 million people will use it each year by 2030.
passing through Fujairah to Ras Al Khaimah, providing safe and efficient transportation through the unique topography created by the scenic mountains to the other emirates.
— Etihad Rail (@Etihad_Rail) August 4, 2022
Customers can expect a travel time of 50 minutes from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and approximately 100 minutes from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah, which significantly reduces travel times. The train will also contribute to the UAE’s sustainable development efforts. Carbon emissions will be reduced by 70-80% compared to truck emissions, with one train journey replacing around 300 trucks on the road.