Etihad Rail and ZonesCorp signed a MoU on the establishment of railway and logistics facilities within the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD). Under the project, a logistics facility and a railway track, along with the necessary infrastructure will be constructed in Abu Dhabi Industrial City, contributing to the consolidation of logistics operations within one area.
“This agreement reinforces our efforts by which Etihad Rail seeks to support alternative and new industries through establishing a new transport system that enhances the existing infrastructure and contributes to improving freight transport. It also promotes the UAE’s leading role in shipping traffic, taking advantage of its geographical and economic position as a global logistics hub,” Sheikh Theyab Bin Mohamed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Rail, said.
Etihad Rail’s logistic facility will complement the Higher Corporation’s Abu Dhabi Logistics City development project, covering an area of approximately 6 million square meters. The projects will serve the industrial entities in the ICAD and Mussafah and will provide a point of departure for goods bound for Saudi Arabia. The logistic facility will be the closest logistics point to the city of Abu Dhabi.
Under the agreement, the parties will collaborate to form a joint leadership team and qualified task forces to follow up the progress and achievement of the project, as well as ensuring the completion of operational processes in accordance with the specified completion date, optimal performance methodologies and the relevant policies.
ZonesCorp is investing in its economic zones that currently is home to 650 world-class manufacturing facilities from various industrial sectors, near Abu Dhabi.
The signing of the MoU comes as Etihad Rail prepares to embark on Stage Two of UAE railway network, which will extend 605 km from Ghuweifat on the border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah on the east coast, through ICAD, Khalifa Port, Jebel Ali and Khor Fakkan, to be followed by further route additions.