Etihad Rail signed four memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with international companies such as SNCF International, France’s national state-owned railway company; Alstom, a global leader in the green and smart mobility sector; Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, one of the world’s largest integrated and diversified suppliers of railroad and transit products and services worldwide, and Thales Group, a global leader in advanced technologies that services sectors such as defence, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains.
The signing of the agreements took place at InnoTrans 2022, the leading international trade fair for transport technology, which was held in Berlin, Germany from 20-23 September 2022.
The agreements, which were signed by officials from both sides, aim to support the UAE’s economic development by driving the growth of the rail industry in the UAE and the region and cover key areas which include rail operations and maintenance, service facilities, passenger stations, and cargo transportation while ensuring the integration of the latest technologies, the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and investing in research and development.
Ahmed Al Musawa, ED of Passenger Sector at Etihad Rail, said: “Our partners play a key role in supporting us to achieve our mission of developing and operating a rail network that incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, and provides safe, sustainable, and reliable solutions.”
He added: “Through partnering with some of the biggest names in the rail, cargo, and transportation industry, we assure our clients that we are developing the UAE National Rail Network as per the highest international standards, to meet their requirements and support them in meeting their business objectives, driving a sustainable, resilient, and cost-effective supply chain.”
In other developments, Etihad Rail has successfully completed the connection between the railway freight terminal at the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD), which is the largest inland freight railway terminal in the country, and the UAE National Rail Network.