Etihad Rail hosts two-day sand movement mitigation workshop



Etihad Rail, the master developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway recently hosted a two-day workshop on sand movement mitigation.

During sand movement mitigation workshop.
During sand movement mitigation workshop.

The sessions, hosted by Etihad Rail and presented by China Railway First Survey and Design Institute (FSDI), provided Etihad Rail and its partners and government stakeholders with insight into the best international practices on blown sand prevention and sand movement mitigation for roads and railways.

The interactive workshop gave Etihad Rail and the other UAE government stakeholders the opportunity to further enhance their understanding of the various complexities and technical needs involved in building railways and roads in such challenging terrain as dunes and desert. This insight comes at a particularly opportune time as Etihad Rail finalises its preparations to begin construction of the first stage of the network in the Emirate’s Western Region later this year.

With the participation of several key Etihad Rail partners and stakeholders such as the Civil Defense, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the Al Ain and Western Region Municipalities and the UAE Ministry of Environment & Water, as well as UAE University among many others, FSDI shared its expertise around main topics of interest including: blown sand movement patterns; prevention and control systems of sand hazards; topography and windblown sand mitigation measures for the UAE; and technical and geotechnical sand characteristics. More info