Etihad Rail and ZonesCorp have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a railway logistics facility within the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD).
The project will serve industrial entities in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) and Mussafah, and will provide a point of departure for goods bound for Saudi Arabia.
The logistic facility will be the closest railway logistics point to the city of Abu Dhabi.
“This agreement contributes to achieving our vision to connect cities and industries with a secure and sustainable railway network,” said HH Sheikh Theyab Bin Mohamed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Transport and Chairman of Etihad Rail. “It is also part of our mission to find economic logistics solutions for the rail network to connect the entire UAE and provide outstanding services to industries and society.”
“ZonesCorp is a key partner for Etihad Rail as it is the largest developer and operator of purpose-built industrial zones in the UAE and is playing a leading role in developing the nation’s industrial sector,” he added.
“Constructing a logistics facility and railway track, along with the necessary infrastructure, in ICAD will contribute to consolidating logistics operations in one place, which will bring further growth in the process of handling containers and cargos, as well as logistics services,” said Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, Chairman of the Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones.
The MoU comes as Etihad Rail prepares to embark on Stage Two of the Etihad Rail network, which will extend 605km from Ghuweifat on the UAE’s border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah on the east coast, through ICAD, Khalifa Port, Jebel Ali and Khor Fakkan, to be followed by further routes.