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Etihad Rail Signs MoU With Logistics Firm Agility

Etihad Rail Signs MoU With Logistics Firm Agility

The agreement will enable Agility to use Etihad Rail’s service for distribution in the UAE and the GCC while improving the country’s logistics sector.

UAE rail network developer Etihad Rail has signed a memorandum of understanding with global logistics firm Agility.

The agreement will enable Agility to use Etihad Rail’s services for distribution in the UAE and the GCC while helping develop the country’s logistics sector.

Etihad Rail has been signing deals with a number of industries in the region to optimise its network when operational.

The UAE rail developer recently signed MoUs with a unit of the UK-based quarry firm Tarmac Limited, UAE-based Al Jaber Group and West Bainoona Group.

It also signed a deal this year with Saudi Railway Company (SAR) to adopt common solutions and enhance coordination in developing the GCC rail network.

“The enhanced connectivity that Etihad Rail will deliver will effectively bring businesses closer together, facilitating more efficient trade and extending geographic markets,” said Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, acting CEO of Etihad Rail.

Bassel El Dabbagh, CEO of Agility Abu Dhabi, added: “The signing of this MOU has established a solid foundation to build a more efficient and extensive supply chain in the UAE and across the GCC.

“We are confident our cooperation with Etihad Rail will enhance our service to customers by providing them with an additional mode of transport that is faster, safer, more reliable and sustainable, and enable them to reach remote areas in the western region.”

The 1,200 km Etihad Rail network, which is valued at Dhs40 billion, will connect industrial areas with urban and peripheral communities throughout the country, with the aim of boosting trade and economic growth.

The network will form a vital part of the planned GCC railway network – linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.

Construction of the project is already under way with services between Habshan and Ruwais already operational on a trial basis since September 2013. It is expected to be fully operational before the end of 2014.

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