By Haseeb Haider www.khaleejtimes.com
ABU DHABI – Etihad Rail will build an intermodal rail terminal in Jebel Ali port for the efficient transfer of freight.
Etihad Rail, which is developing the railway network in the country, and DP World have signed a MoU in this regard, which represents a significant step forward in the development of the rail network, as it will enable the more efficient transfer of containerised freight.
DP World has already earmarked a strategic potential plot for the intermodal rail terminal, adjacent to Jebel Ali Maritime Terminal 1 and close to Terminal 2.
The team at DP World will oversee the building and operation of the loading and unloading facilities at the rail terminal while Etihad Rail will construct and own the railway infrastructure and manage the rail services to and from the terminal.
This important agreement was signed by chairman of Etihad Rail Nasser Al Sowaidi and chairman of DP World Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. In a statement, Al Sowaidi said that intermodal rail terminal inside Jebel Ali Port will enable the efficient transfer of containerised freight from ocean vessels onto the rail network and vice versa.
“The project will ultimately boost the economic growth of the UAE,” he said.
Sulayem said the rail terminal and the Etihad Rail network as a whole will add significantly to the efficiency at Dubai’s flagship Jebel Ali port. More info