Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) met with officials from the UAE’s Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime (FTA) and Etihad Rail to discuss cooperation between the three entities and the federal legislation regulating rail networks in the UAE.
The draft Federal Railways Regulation Law has reached its final stages and is currently under review by the country's Federal National Council (FNC).
Attendees at the meeting included HE Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and executive directors’ board chairman at RTA; HE Eng Ahmed Mohamed Sharif El Khoury, director-general of FTA; and chief executive officer of Etihad Rail, HE Eng Shadi Malak.
Officials at the meeting examined the proposed federal legislation for regulating raiwlays in the UAE, and feedback received on the draft law.
Their discussions also focused on drawing on the experience and successes of RTA and Etihad Rail in managing trains and rail infrastructure.
The draft Federal Railways Regulation Law intends to regulate, improve, and operate federal railways in line with global standards and ensure the delivery of rail services that can support the operation of inter-Gulf railways and associated services in the GCC states.
Construction and operational safety standards of the federal railways – and their compliance to stipulated standards and the law – will also be ensured by the draft law, which promotes the use of the federal railways for transiting cargo and passengers.
Officials at the meeting also examined the regulations of logistical inland transport as progress is made on Etihad Rail’s Stage 2, extending 605km from Ghuwaifat to Fujairah on the eastern coast.
Commenting on the discussions in a Dubai Media Office report, Al Tayer said: “The draft Federal Railways Regulation Law is a milestone in drawing up regulations governing the federal and local railways network aimed at nurturing a national railway system.
“RTA is offering its expertise in transportation, especially railways in serving the federal and local entities. The experiences gained through the construction and operation of Dubai Metro and Tram have raised the profile of RTA as a leading and experienced entity specialised in this field,” he added.
FTA’s director-general, El Khoury, added: “The draft Federal Railways Regulation Law is a result of coordinated efforts between FTA and the concerned local entities across the UAE.
“FTA is counting on the expertise and views of entities directly engaged in this field so that we can come up with a law compatible with the highest global standards, and capable of enhancing the role of railways in the logistics sector.
“Such a law will coast a drive to develop a comprehensive and integrated transportation infrastructure, which would raise the competitiveness of the UAE in the global logistics sector.”