Signalling contract awarded for UAE – Oman rail connection

The Oman – Etihad Rail joint venture awarded the consortium of Siemens Mobility and Hassan Allam Construction the contract to install the signalling systems for the UAE – Oman railway network which will connect the two countries between Abu Dhabi and Sohar.

The Abu Dhabi – Sohar design and build railway systems and integration contract covers the installation of the ETCS Level 2 signalling, telecom and power supply systems over the 303 km long Abu Dhabi – Sohar railway link.

The signaling solutions are state-of-the art and desert-proof. This project marks the first-ever cross-country railway network in the Middle East and Arab world. When completed, the new 1,435mm gauge rail line that will link Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sohar will reduce travel time to 100 minutes.

“We are proud to join Siemens Mobility in delivering the advanced signalling solutions that will ensure the safe and seamless transport of passengers and goods between UAE and Oman. Hassan Allam Construction and Siemens have a long-standing record of successful collaboration in Egypt, and we are honored to extend this partnership in other important regional countries like UAE and Oman,” Hassan Allam, the Chairman of Hassan Allam Construction said.

The Abu Dhabi – Sohar railway is part of the vision to connect the different GCC nations through a rail network, the project connects to and shall be fully integrated into the current and proposed regional GCC railway network. The UAE – Oman railway network (Hafeet Rail) will connect the port of Sohar in the Sultanate of Oman to the UAE national railway network at Abu Dhabi, a network which connects all the seven emirates of the UAE up to the border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Through this historic project, both countries aim to ease the practice of cross-border trade and raise the efficiency of the supply chain system by linking commercial ports and economic zones to the railway network and enhancing commercial and social connectivity between the two countries.

The project also aims to link industrial hubs between the two nations and enhance the effectiveness of logistical services, as well as the expansion of different industrial sectors, economic activity, and tourism.

“We are deeply honored and proud to have been entrusted by Oman – Etihad Rail with this strategic project that will not only contribute to the social and economic furtherment of both countries, but which I believe will be a ground-breaking project for the entire region,” Ayman Ashour, CEO of Siemens Mobility in the UAE said.

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